Arteries of Vegans vs. Runners October 19, 2019 62 By Ewald Bahringer CategoryArticles BlogTagsbeef blood pressure body fat cardiovascular disease cardiovascular health chicken cholesterol dairy eggs exercise fat fish heart disease heart health hypertension LDL cholesterol low-fat diets meat mortality obesity plant-based diets pork poultry seafood standard American diet vegans vegetarians weight loss 62 Comments Aušra Daybreak says: December 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm Thank you for the videos! They're very helpful. You're my favourite doctor! Reply organicsuperman says: December 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm I'm sure ultra runner Mica Trues autopsy showed that his arteries were like that of a patient with heart disease. Reply lexluthor3834 says: December 18, 2013 at 12:24 pm Great info as always Doc! Thanks! Reply organicsuperman says: December 18, 2013 at 12:25 pm Surely the runners in this study would not be eating the S.A.D diet as those described in the beginning. That doesn't make much sense. Reply mscavsfan says: December 18, 2013 at 1:50 pm Fantastic comparison~ Reply Ann says: December 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm I am almost a vegan, except for the fact I eat 1 egg of my pet chickens once every 2 months.My bmi has been 19 for years and years. Reply Vegan mit Rohe Energie says: December 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm Great info Doc! Reply hajri alhawa says: December 18, 2013 at 3:01 pm in some places in this world, some people rely heavily in meat,..animal protein of all kinds almost every day in the desert. the outlive most of vegans. I think it mostly depend on active life style as opposed to couch-potatoes… Reply tim rose says: December 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm very informative and well put together, glad your back! Reply VegaN CalleD QuesT says: December 18, 2013 at 4:06 pm Great as always Doc! Reply Marvin Double says: December 18, 2013 at 5:19 pm Another great video – love the actual science used to prove the point. Exercise is a great thing, but obviously exercise when combined with a plant based diet is better. Reply frannieOh says: December 18, 2013 at 6:24 pm Thank you once again!I'm still wondering about what O'Keefe suggests regarding Micah True's sudden death. The debate here at my house centers on "It Was His Extreme Exercise" vs "No! What Was He Eating?!". I'm partial to the latter since I like to ramp up my heart rate (usually no more than 1 hour biking & 30 min walk/jog 5k training).So, what really killed Mr. True?And; are there studies comparing SAD & vegan extreme athletes? Reply Hydi says: December 18, 2013 at 6:55 pm I wonder where a couch potato vegetarian (not vegan) like myself would stand? Reply PlantBased Bill says: December 18, 2013 at 9:28 pm just eat plants. I like that ending. Reply Brad Ramsay says: December 18, 2013 at 9:34 pm Nice one Reply Epic Viral-Fail says: December 18, 2013 at 11:51 pm Must be nice to be a woman. It's so easy to get skinny as a rail by doing nothing other than not eating. On the other hand, a guy needs to be muscular to look good. Unfortunately a low protein diet doesn't work with body building. Reply Alex -Games- says: December 19, 2013 at 1:33 am Carbs help me have more energy. Reply Musik Fiend says: December 19, 2013 at 1:39 am I'm a vegan triathlete! This is nice to know. Thanks doc! Reply Tiago Silveira says: December 19, 2013 at 4:05 am I don't get it. Are there any serious runners eating a S.A.D.? Do they ever win anything? Reply Annaliesa Rose says: December 19, 2013 at 10:13 pm Really interesting vid! 🙂 Reply Stoudamire3 says: December 19, 2013 at 11:03 pm Bel video! Reply Chasen Nevett says: December 20, 2013 at 6:04 am Interesting video. Thanks doc Reply forrgle says: December 20, 2013 at 8:05 pm Thats crazy! Wow Reply Allen Frost says: December 21, 2013 at 7:25 pm THANKS DOC Reply NutritionFacts.org says: December 21, 2013 at 8:42 pm It appears that if we run an average of about a thousand miles a year our arteries can rival those of couch-potato vegans: http://nutritionfacts.org/video/arteries-of-vegans-vs-runners/ “Like” if you run as well as embrace plant foods! Reply TheHealthnutCorner says: December 22, 2013 at 7:14 pm Why does everything get compared to standard american diet? Not everyone who consumes meat or animal products also consumes processed foods or low fibre diet. Reply Ivan B says: December 22, 2013 at 10:39 pm Great video. Shedding light on the importance of diet. Reply Siamak Sanati says: December 23, 2013 at 8:34 am Not a vegan but thinking about it!! Thanks for your insight. Reply Hassan Ahmed says: December 24, 2013 at 9:59 pm these werent just any vegans.. they were 'low calorie, low protein vegans'.. meaning most of their diet probably came from whole plant based foods. THE QUALITY of the food is more important than 'being vegan'. A vegan could eat french fries, potato chips, skittles, and soda for their diet. This vegan wouldnt be any healthier than a person on the standard American diet. The introduction of numerous processed and refined food products marketed to vegans by the food industry will only continue the obesity and illnesses caused by poor diet. The key is to eat minimally processed whole foods (ex. boiled rice) and to avoid packaged, refined,and processed food products (ex. rice krispies treat). Reply GoldenBanana says: January 11, 2014 at 10:48 am Now I'd love to see what vegan runners would be like Reply LenoraForest says: February 10, 2014 at 1:23 am Hahaha….well said. Reply ThePawerLine says: February 21, 2014 at 4:01 pm Couch-potato vegan, lol, I haven't heard that term before 😀 Reply Sorin Ion says: March 5, 2014 at 8:13 pm This is awful "science"!!!!! It's just an observational "study"! It does not prove anything! Reply Michael Holden says: March 12, 2014 at 1:22 pm Hi does anyone know how many subjects were used in this study? Reply Löwenherz says: March 21, 2014 at 3:59 pm Great vid. Though I don't agree with the "..it may be easier to just eat plants" in our today's society. In the end, you can't live healthy with only one – food OR exercise. In the long run, you have to optimize both! Reply Greg Balteff says: May 12, 2014 at 4:21 pm read Charles poliquin about the benefits of high quality proteins !!! Reply OnePlanet says: May 13, 2014 at 1:21 am If, in animal derived food, I take only 1 cup of yogurt per day, how much closer am I to vegan food? This video shows a bar chart comparing vegan, meat-eating heavy runners, and average meat-eaters. Where will my 1 cup of yogurt/day put me (very roughly)? Can anyone knowledgeable please tell me. Reply Holirumics Friend says: May 31, 2014 at 9:15 am The study compares long term, low calorie, low protein vegan diets with runners and non runners on a standard American diet. For this to be meaningful I would need to know what the study means by low calorie? So what was considered low calorie? Are all vegan's considered low calorie because they eat fruits and vegetables that are not as nutrient dense as many of the American foods? If not then what is the difference between a low calorie vegan and a non low calorie vegan? Reply Amanda Hatheway says: June 9, 2014 at 7:13 pm This is so cool. Very poignant. Reply Creepy Josh says: June 13, 2014 at 6:08 am 5 words: Rich Roll and Carl Lewis. Reply Devil's Advocate says: July 18, 2014 at 6:12 pm Why are all your comparisons to SAD? Reply the way out is thru says: March 6, 2015 at 3:50 am good news for me as both a vegan and a marathon runner Reply Michael Mappin says: May 5, 2015 at 12:42 pm Thank you. Reply Jeg Jooper says: September 2, 2015 at 5:20 pm Were the runners eating "crappy american food" or were they eating runner's lean foods? Reply Peter Rabitt says: January 11, 2016 at 4:05 pm This explains why my cholesterol is 88 mg/dl. I walk 30 miles a week and am vegan. Reply Joseph1NJ says: January 30, 2016 at 5:34 am So let me get this straight, if I go vegan, I can literally be a couch potatoe? Reply Red7 says: May 9, 2016 at 6:01 am I want to go vegan.. I am very close to it. I am in transition. I have cut out red meats and next will be chicken and than fish. Reply The Papaya Runner says: May 22, 2016 at 10:48 am Incredible information Dr. Gregor. Thank you for this treasure trove of evidence-based data to assist us in reaching our peak fitness & wellness goals. Keep up the great work! Reply Yavor Kapitanov says: September 10, 2016 at 7:59 pm I want to go vegan and live together with Dr. Greger on green pastures, somewhere on the sunny Swiss Alps, and listen to his soothing voice while grazing grass. Reply Chris C says: October 16, 2016 at 5:49 pm When eating, most people trade a lifetime of happiness and higher joy for a few moments of basal pleasure. Reply Steve says: December 13, 2016 at 3:41 pm going vegan means losing all my muscles and giving up aesthetics………………..all that hard work so sad Reply Henry Swanson says: February 23, 2017 at 6:18 pm How about including people who adhere to a non-vegan healthy diet and who are couch potatoes, as well as people who adhere to a non-vegan healthy diet and are active, regular exercisers? All this study shows is that being a sedentary vegan is probably better than being a sedentary fatso who eats a bunch of garbage, and maybe better than being a long distance runner who eats a lot of garbage. But the use of long distance runners in this study is itself questionable, as recent findings show that long distance running is detrimental to your heart health and can increase the rate of aging. Reply QueefJuiceOverflow says: March 3, 2017 at 1:41 am Greger must hate meat or somthing. Reply Renan Dias Rennó says: April 4, 2017 at 8:48 pm You lazy vegans! 😀 Reply MrMasterDebate says: July 23, 2017 at 6:19 pm I Never walk away from videos not thinking that the only choice you can make for your health is just to go vegan. xD If you think about it , this video endorses the idea that its healthier to be a lazy vegan than to actually work out lo Reply MrMasterDebate says: December 16, 2017 at 1:52 am Lazy vegans! Reply Clarice Eneadrawings says: January 20, 2018 at 1:01 am i really wanted to know about people who do both (vegans + exercises) 🙁 Reply NICK COIN says: April 24, 2018 at 4:08 pm ''Study: Mitochondrial Antioxidant Makes Aged Blood Vessels Young Again''' http://www.sci-news.com/medicine/mitochondrial-antioxidant-mitoq-blood-vessels-05936.htmlPS.Iam vegan …please dont misunderstand me Reply ilham abu lehia says: June 17, 2018 at 8:07 pm I would be interested to see the results for vegans who exercise daily Reply A. S. VanHoose says: July 22, 2018 at 8:49 pm Veganism wins yet again Reply verbatim1231 says: October 18, 2018 at 2:05 pm What about vegan runners? Any studies on them? 🙂 Reply James Henry says: December 1, 2018 at 11:22 pm vegans have the exact same level of CVD events as non-vegans, in fact, some studies suggest its higher. Why, because vegans appear to get colds, flus and other type of inflamation infections at a greater rate, and inflamation is perhaps the most significant driver of CVD. The immune system is central to the health and functionality of the CV system, and vegans, have in genereal an immune system that performs poorly, becuase their diet, lacks critical vitamins and fats that are essential for heart health. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.