The new study was published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine last month.
A new study has linked a vegan diet to reducing the number of medications needed by older people.
Published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, the study researchers investigated the association between diet and polypharmacy – where a person takes five (or more) prescribed medications.
They found that a vegan diet reduced the number of pills by 58% compared to a non-vegetarian diet.
Polypharmacy, quite common in the elderly, carries potential risks. According to the researchers, patients who take more than five medications per day have an 88% higher risk of adverse drug reactions. In addition, these people also tend to have higher death rates.
The study analyzed data from 328 participants (all aged 60 and over), using questionnaires and measurements taken at Loma Linda University Drayson Center in California between 2015 and 2016.
57% of the sample size were meat eaters, 21% were vegetarians, while 10.6 and 10.8% were pescatarians and vegans, respectively.
Researchers found that although an increase in age, body mass index, and the presence of disease increased the number of drugs taken, people on a vegan diet consumed the fewest number of pills. than all other diet groups.
Another “interesting finding” was that while the vegan participants had fewer prescribed medications, the vegetarian participants took a similar amount of pills as the meat eaters.
The study concluded: “Our results show that a healthy diet, especially a vegan diet, can be protective by leading to a reduction in the number of pills taken, or by preventing the development of risk factors and / or diseases. cardiovascular disease or by helping to control the such conditions.
The new research is just one of many studies highlighting the health benefits of eating healthy, plant-based foods.
This year, a study published in Cardiovascular Research, have shown that plant-based foods may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and atherosclerosis compared to diets that include animal products.
Another study published by the North American Menopause Society in the journal Menopause showed that a plant-based diet high in soy can reduce moderate to severe hot flashes in postmenopausal women by 84%.
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