Heart disease is the single biggest cause of death in developed countries, but by giving up meat, people cut the risk of being affected by over a third.
New research by the University of Oxford has found that the risk of hospitalisation or death from heart disease is 32% lower in vegetarians.
In the largest study ever carried out in the UK comparing heart-disease between vegetarians and meat eaters, the results showed vegetarians had lower blood pressures, cholesterol levels and BMIs.
Lead author, Francesca Crowe from the University explained, 'Most of the difference in risk is probably caused by effects on cholesterol and blood pressure, and shows the important role of diet in the prevention of heart disease.'
Heart disease is responsible for 65,000 deaths each year in the UK.
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