Adventist Health Study-2: Early Findings
96,000 Adventists living in the U.S. and Canada
Every study member filled out a 50-page diet and lifestyle questionnaire at the start of the study. Every two years after that, participants fill out hospital history forms and list any hospitalizations and diagnoses of cancers, stroke, heart attack and diabetes during the previous two years.
Profile of Study Members
Our study is made up of 96,000 Adventists ages 30 to 112 from all 50 U.S. states, as well as Canada. Enrollment occurred between 2001 and 2007. About 64% were members of the Adventist church by the age of 15 years. The study members are 65.1% female, with a mean age of 60.2 at enrollment. Additionally, 65.3% of our study members are White (non-Hispanic) and 26.9% of our study members are Black/African American. Our study includes small numbers of other ethnic minorities. Only 1.1% of our study members report being current smokers and 6.6% report current alcohol use.
Dietary Status of Study Members:
- 8% are vegan (No red meat, fish, poultry, dairy or eggs)
- 28% are lacto-ovo vegetarian (Consume milk and/or eggs, but no red meat, fish or poultry)
- 10% are pesco-vegetarian (Eat fish, milk and eggs but no red meat or poultry)
- 6% are semi-vegetarian (Eat red meat, poultry and fish less than once per week)
- 48% are non-vegetarian (Eat red meat, poultry, fish, milk and eggs more than once a week)
Below are links to summaries of relevant findings so far from Adventist Health Study-2.
Adventist Religion & Health Study (Substudy of AHS-2)
ARHS aims to understand what specific aspects of religion account for better or worse health in a nationwide cohort of Adventists. Read more >