ating vegan is one of the easiest ways to reduce your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

But did you know that it also makes you less likely to need medication?

That's right!

According to a new study published in the Journal of Lifestyle Medicine Association, older adults who consume a vegan diet take 58% fewer medications than meat-eaters.

58% reduction in pill use

Researchers examined the diets of 328 participants aged 60 or above through questionnaires, the study found consistent results linking vegan diets with lower pill use.

Vegan diets lead to better health outcomes

Not only was a plant-based diet linked to lower medication use among older adults, but seniors who did not eat dairy or meat also showed better overall health. 

ÔÇťIncreased fiber intake and lower intakes of saturated fat associated with vegan diets improve blood sugar, blood pressure, weight, cholesterol, and other health outcomes linked to better health,ÔÇŁ wrote the authors.┬á

ÔÇťOur results show that eating healthy, especially a vegan diet, may be protective in leading to a reduced number of pills taken, either by preventing the development of risk factors and/or cardiovascular disease or by helping on the controlling of such conditions.ÔÇŁ

A vegan diet can help you live a longer, healthier life.

For seniors, a vegan diet can help you live a longer, healthier life.

Vegan diets are healthy and safe, they're sustainable and ethical. They're also affordable and good for the planet!

How can I begin incorporating more plant-based options?

You don't have to be a vegan to reap the benefits.

In fact, you can make simple changes like substituting tofu for meat and using more fruits and veggies in your meals.

Or try going meatless one day a week. Replace meat with beans or lentils in your burritos, tacos and chili. Serve bean dips instead of cheese dip at parties. There are so many ways you can incorporate more plant-based options into your diet. Or try some of these other meat substitutes: Plant-Based Meat Alternatives You Need to Try.

We hope that this article has helped you understand why a vegan diet is so beneficial as you age.

A plant-based diet is not only good for the environment, but also improves health and quality of life. We encourage everyone to consider making the switch today!

To learn some delicious plant-based protein alternatives, check out this video!

Jul 12, 2022
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