|BREAKING MEDICAL NEWS||April 5, 2011|
Lower Heart Disease and Diabetes Risks with Vegetarian DietsApril 5, 2011
Vegetarians have significantly lower blood pressure, waist circumference, body mass index, blood sugar, and triglycerides, compared with nonvegetarians, according to a recent study published in Diabetes Care. In 1,011 randomly selected Adventist Health Study 2 participants, metabolic syndrome, a cluster of disease risk factors associated with heart disease and diabetes, was lowest among vegetarians (25.2 percent), followed by semi-vegetarians (37.6 percent), and highest among nonvegetarians (39.7 percent).
Rizzo NS, Sabate J, Jaceldo-Siegl K, Fraser G E. Vegetarian dietary patterns are associated with a lower risk of metabolic syndrome: the Adventist Health Study 2. Diabetes Care. Published ahead of print March 16, 2011. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.110.004028.
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