The list of health benefits of being vegetarian is long and grows longer every day. Research from all over the world continues to increase our knowledge about all the risks of illness that can be reduced and ways health can be enhanced by abstaining from meat.
From a Buddhist perspective, this is directly related to good karmic action leading to good karmic results. Increasing numbers of physicians, researchers, and healers of all kinds are providing us with the scientific evidence of these benefits. More and more people are experiencing the benefits in their own lives.
Based on your suggestions, each week we will highlight a health benefit resulting from a vegetarian diet. Please go to the Contact Us page and send us pictures and stories!
HEALTH BENEFIT OF THE MONTH
LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY VEGETARIAN STUDY
With statistics like almost 10% of the population of the United States having diabetes (American Diabetes Association) and 70% of Americans of the population having some level of heart disease (American Heart Association) it is hard to ignore research that states vegetarians are at a significantly lower risk of developing some of the most common symptoms that can contribute to the onset of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Research statistics from earlier this year from Loma Linda University show that vegetarians are 36% LESS likely to develop “metabolic syndrome” – when a person exhibits 3 out of 5 total risk factors that can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Following a vegetarian diet significantly prevents high blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol, high glucose levels, elevated triglycerides, and an unhealthy waist circumference (gulp!).
You can read the article that appeared in Diabetes Care on the Loma Linda University website here.
Most definitely something to consider.
Happy health to all,
Lunar Feast : )