Have you ever thought of a vegan or vegetarian grandmother? It is the same that happens to us with tattooed grandmothers or grandparents, because although tattoos have been in fashion not so many years ago, there are already the first older adults with them and they look really great. Well, the same happens with veganism, at some point grandparents will arrive with this type of diet.
However, there will be some who will want to convert right now after a study that indicates that older women should consider a vegan diet in order to extend their lives and avoid premature death associated with the consumption of animal products.
The novel study was carried out by the American Coronary heart Affiliation, where the premature deaths of postmenopausal women were analyzed and discovered that change to veganism could help them live longer.
The study incorporated 102. 521 postmenopausal women with an average age of 100 years between years 1993 Y 1998 and followed their lives and health during 18 years . Throughout this period, 26. 000 women died due to conditions related to the cardiovascular system, 7. 516 women died of cancer and 2. 734 women died due to dementia.
With follow-ups and questionnaires, the researchers were able to conclude that one sixth of the women's diet includes proteins, where more than two thirds originated in animals such as meat, eggs or dairy products.
Well this also added to other data of these women, for example, that many were likely to be smokers and / or drinkers in their youth, in addition to lead a sedentary lifestyle with minimal physical activity.
With women with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, the researchers contrasted it with those who consumed proteins of plant origin and the differences were noticeable.
Only with a small change in their diets could it be main, for example replace meat with vegetable alternatives lower the risk of premature death by a 14%.
Senior author Dr. Wei Bao, University of Iowa, explains: “Our findings support the need to consider dietary protein sources in future dietary guidelines. Current dietary guidelines focus primarily on the total amount of protein. Our findings show that there may be different influences on health associated with different types of protein foods . ”
For example, for egg lovers there would be bad news, since the consumption of this animal protein has a 24% chance of causing a death from cardiovascular disease and a 10% more likely to die from cancer. Of course, the people who ate the most eggs had a 14% less likely to die of dementia.
Although the way in which the egg is cooked – many times it is fried – could be the cause of the increased probability of death, the truth is that does not It is not surprising that the direct consumption of animal protein considerably reduced the life expectancy.