As we age, the risk of certain diseases increases. According to the CDC, about 80% of older adults suffer from one chronic condition and 50% have at least two. Many of these conditions are affected also by diet. Improving your diet may help prevent several of these diseases from occurring, or at least delay their onset.
November is World Vegan Month, a great time to give veganism a try. Eating fewer animal products and consuming a greater amount of plant foods can improve your health in a number of ways, including reducing cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, regulating blood sugar and increasing certain nutrients known to promote brain health.
World Vegan month was first celebrated in November 1944. Vegan Society founder Donald Watson created the term “vegan” to describe vegetarians who not only do not consume meat from animals, but also avoid other animal products such as eggs, dairy, and honey.
While only a small number of people describe themselves as being vegan full-time, The Vegan Society reports that there are an increased number of people who have pledged give veganism a try for at least one week during November. Worldwide, there is an increase of 39% of people who have committed to adopting the vegan diet this month.
Why should you consider a vegan diet, at least part of the time? There are several health benefits to consider:
1. A US study found that those who regularly consumed red meat and processed meat died prematurely more frequently than those who focused on more plant-based diets. Michael Roizen MD, author of The Real Age Diet: Make Yourself Younger with What You Eat, says “People who consume saturated, four-legged fat have a shorter life span and more disability at the end of their lives. Animal products clog your arteries, zap your energy and slow down your immune system. Meat eaters also experience accelerated cognitive and sexual dysfunction at a younger age.
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