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The older statistics showed vegans living no longer than meat eaters. Ovo-lacto vegetarian life span was longer than both.

I could see that. Allowing the by-products but not the actual meat still provides important nutrients.

Right now they seem to be in desperation mode. He's bombed every healthy diet they've ever been on and the only thing that was finally a wakeup call was getting the LVAD. But even then, he thought it was going to give his heart a rest so he didn't have to have a transplant and gained quite a bit of weight after coming out of the hospital the last time.

Studies have shown that a low-carb diet does help diabetics, but he just can't seem to stick to anything and she jumps on any diet that promises to cure him. She decided last year that meat was the enemy, so she hasn't allowed him to eat meat for over a year. The problem is that he will still go out and have "vegetarian" chinese food.

On the flip side, her mom almost killed him at Thanksgiving when she gave him canned vegan chili since he couldn't have turkey. He had it for two meals (dinner and lunch), and two days later the resulting fluid gain from the sodium landed him in the hospital with congestive heart failure. His Dr. told him he would have been better off just having a small serving of turkey.

I do worry about them a lot. They are expecting their second child and I have doubts that he'll live to even see their 6 year old graduate from high shcool. Hopefully, their daughter will have some memories of him.

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