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From: Rob (cpe0011431c77c0-cm000f212feb06.cpe.net.cable.rogers.com)
Subject:         Re: Vegan diet best hope for humanity, IMO
Date: January 4, 2008 at 2:12 am PST

In Reply to: Re: Vegan diet best hope for humanity, IMO posted by David Meyer on October 19, 2006 at 9:10 am:

Sounds to me like the Okinawan diet is optimal for longevity. Their diet is basically vegan (rice, vegetables, legumes and tofu) but they include small amounts of fish and pork. My worry about a 100% vegan diet is the lack of B12 and its effect on homocysteine levels. Vegetarians who do not supplement their diet with vitamin B12 tend to have elevated homocysteine levels. The lower the B12 levels the higher the homocysteine, which is not good. I've been reading a lot about elevated homocysteine being a cause of early mortality, heart disease, stroke. Okinawans don't supplement their diet and they seem to do all right! If I go 100% vegan I'll be supplementing quite heavily on B12 especially given my age.

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