Health experts say the best way to reduce your risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer is to eat less meat, but for a healthier alternative, a study has found.
“It’s very important that we find the right food,” said Dr. Andrew Weisbrot, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for the Study of Chronic Disease and a professor at the Johns-Centre for Health and the Global Environment.
In this Feb. 23, 2021 file photo, a man stands next to a package of food at the Food Pantry in Oakland, Calif.
The new research suggests eating meat, dairy, fish, eggs, beans and nuts may help lower the risk of developing chronic diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) Weisbrots team tested nearly 50,000 people from around the world, using information from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and the American Diabetes Association.
They found that the risk for chronic disease was reduced if people ate a diet low in meat and low in animal products.
For instance, the researchers found that among people with a high blood pressure, the risk was reduced by 40% if they ate a meat-free diet.
They also found that people who ate a high protein diet were at increased risk of diabetes, as well as obesity, diabetes, and cancer if they were overweight or obese.
The study, published online today in the journal Cell Metabolism, was funded by the National Institutes of Health and led by researchers at the Institute of Medicine and the Johns School of Public Health.
The research is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The U.K.-based Johns Hopkins Health System is one of the world’s largest health systems.
The researchers also reported that the overall risk of dying from any chronic disease decreased by 10% if people followed a meatless diet.