This simple but rather shocking infographic entitled "The Most Common Cause of Death in the U.S." illustrates the relationship between diet and risk of death from heart disease - the leading cause of death for both women and men.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States every year - that's 1 out of every 4 deaths.
Who is at the highest risk for heart disease?
Various studies have demonstrated that omnivores (people who eat meat and dairy) are at the highest risk. The risk is substantially lower for lacto-ovo vegetarians (people who do not eat meat but eat dairy and eggs) and exceedingly low for vegans (people who do not consume any animal products).
Sadly, heart disease is preventable and is thought by many leading physicians and scientists to even be be reversible through dietary and lifestyle changes.
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