According to an online article by wellbeing provider Healthline Media, the vegan diet may link to longevity.
The source examined studies to determine whether these claims are valid with somewhat mixed results, with one review suggesting that United Kingdom, Germany, the United States and Japan that vegans and vegetarians have a 9% higher chance of living a longer life compared to omnivores and another. While another study also found similar results by analysing the Seventh Day Adventists diet (a plant-based diet that consists of whole food, no alcohol or caffeine) in North America.
Healthline also explained that research shows that vegans who live longer tend to have a better diet enriched with ‘nutritious compounds’ that are in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. And it is from this plant-based diet that may aid in living a longer life as they lower the risk of health issues from obesity, to diabetes and even cancer. The article also indicates that many vegans also have a healthier lifestyle filled with regular exercise and avoiding alcohol and smoking – which all link to longevity as well.
However, the provider also mentioned these findings are not ‘universal’ as the studies made were not specific to the vegan diet – as they were done with vegetarianism as well – and more in-depth studies are needed to link longevity to veganism fully. Many studies also suggest that vegans have just as much life-expectancy than omnivores, meaning that more research needs to be done to make accurate conclusions. Healthcare also stated that not all vegans adopt a ‘healthier’ diet and lifestyle, with many opting for processed foods and sweets which will not increase a longer life
So, if you want to live a longer life by going vegan, following a nutrient-rich vegan diet and adopting a healthier lifestyle filled with exercise will give you the health benefits that you need which will help you live longer.