(ed/disclaimer: this article attempts to disprove the adage that vegetarians live longer than carnivores..
but as someone who has been a vegan for about twenty years – and vegetarian for 15 years before that – and who knows a lot of ‘old’ vegans – i would note that the authors are missing the point..
in that there is really little difference between a vegetarian and a carnivore – in that still eating the bye-products while eschewing the actual flesh of animals – still leaves the consumer open to the same negative outcomes..
and that it is a vegan diet that should be compared to that of the carnivore to tell the real story..)
And although there is unclear evidence a vegetarian diet promotes longevity studies have consistently shown other health benefits.
For example a vegetarian diet has been consistently associated with a reduced risk of high blood pressure – type 2 diabetes and obesity.
A meta-analysis (a statistical analysis that combines data from multiple studies) from 2012 concluded vegetarians had a 29% lower risk of early death from heart disease and an 18% lower risk for cancer.
It’s important to keep in mind that the International Agency for Research on Cancer – the cancer agency of the World Health Organisation – has classified the consumption of processed meat as carcinogenic and red meat as probably carcinogenic to humans.
(ed:..and why would the bye-products sourced from animals not carry those same risks..?)..you’d hafta ask..)