The Oxford study on vegetarians irritates them
People with a vegetarian diet were angered by the study conducted at the University of Oxford in cooperation with one of the European centers specializing in cancer and nutrition, the results of which were that vegetarians are more vulnerable to bone fractures, unlike those who eat meat in their diet.
Some resort to following a vegetarian diet because they believe that it will give them a better healthy life, so the results of this study were harsh on them, and (Matthew Nagra), a physiotherapist and dependent on a vegetarian diet, criticized the results of that study and said that it is fake, and it is out of reality.
He said he had received a large number of letters asking him whether this was true or false.
He said the first criticism of the study was related to how much calcium was consumed by vegetarians.
On average, vegetarians were eating 591 milligrams a day, which is well below their recommended diet of 700 milligrams.
In contrast, the carnivore group was consuming more than 1,000 milligrams of calcium.
The study followed 55,000 people over 18 years, and documented nearly 4,000 fractures in the participants' bones.
The study concluded that vegetarians, in general, are more than 43% at risk of breaking a bone.
The big difference between vegetarians and meat eaters was related to hip fracture, as the study found that vegetarians were 2.3 times more likely to have this fracture than those who ate meat.
When the researchers in the study requested adjustments to the amount of calcium and protein consumed by vegetarians, the risk of bone fractures decreased.
This is without taking the "confounding factors" in the calculation of the total risk, despite its great influence. Among these factors, age, smoking and body mass index, the risks for vegetarians decreased to become similar to others, according to the doctor.
He believed that the second concern is that the researchers in the study put those who were consuming more than 525 milligrams of calcium out of the danger circuit, without taking into account other factors.
He added that the variation in the quantities of calcium intake between the group participating in the study, which makes it an inconclusive evidence.
And he talked about half of the study participants who were vegetarians, who did not take nutritional supplements, knowing that they intend to take supplements such as vitamin "B12".
The Canadian doctor received dozens of comments and observations from which she expressed her surprise at the study.
In addition to Dr. Nagra, many of the tweeters criticized the study in the BMC medical journal, including one who calls himself "stiff", saying that he objects to the results of the study, stressing that vegetarianism is a completely healthy diet.
Tweeter Roshana Staffel, a surgeon who shuttles between London and Washington, said he was shocked by the results of the study, so how is there a risk with following a vegetarian diet.