Results from a large (n=48188), 18-year follow-up from the prospective EPIC-Oxford study show that vegetarians and vegans have a 20% higher risk of stroke compared to meat eaters.

Read the Story

Show Top Comments

A more disinterested framing: >[…] fish eaters and vegetarians had 13% and 22% lower rates of ischaemic heart disease than meat eaters, respectively. **This difference was equivalent to 10 fewer cases of ischaemic heart disease in vegetarians than in meat eaters per 1000 population over 10 years** […] By contrast, **vegetarians had** 20% higher rates of total stroke than meat eaters, equivalent to **three more cases of total stroke per 1000 population over 10 years**, mostly due to a higher rate of haemorrhagic stroke. So it’s more a pick your poison kind of situation, and not the ‘vegetarianism is worse than meat-eating’ narrative that the OP implies in their title.

TechnocraticAlleyCat

From the article linked: ‘ Conclusions In this prospective cohort in the UK, fish eaters and vegetarians had lower rates of ischaemic heart disease than meat eaters, although vegetarians had higher rates of haemorrhagic and total stroke. ‘ OP: Why post only half of the conclusions, the half that encourages meat-eating?

aleksfadini

So basically you need B12

mare07

Title is not quite what the study concluded: > Conclusions In this prospective cohort in the UK, fish eaters and vegetarians had lower rates of ischaemic heart disease than meat eaters, although vegetarians had higher rates of haemorrhagic and total stroke.

imaginexus

Hold on a second — check the raw numbers and read the methodology in detail. If you look at incidence of different heart and stroke outcomes in each dietary population, fish eaters and vegetarians have as much as half the incidence of all conditions, except for hemorrhagic stroke where they are only about 25% lower. When you read the methodology, you can see they said that vegetarians tend to have lower BMI and cholesterol, etc, which are known to be protective factors for heart and stroke conditions, so they adjusted the vegetarian data to match the meat eaters in terms of BMI, etc. That is a really weird thing to do… So basically this study is showing that if you’re a chubbier vegetarian with high cholesterol (and other factors associated with meat eating) — i.e. if you are vegetarian and somehow ended up with the characteristics of a meat eater — then you would have a 20% higher risk of stroke. Therefore, I think the way this data was analyzed wasn’t the best and produced these surprising outcomes…

pietakio