16 Apr '11, 12am

Vegetarian diet may reduce risks for serious health problems

Vegetarian diet may reduce risks for serious health problems

A new US study suggests that vegetarians may be at significantly lower risk of developing a condition associated with heart disease, diabetes, and stroke than people who eat meat. Announced April 13, researchers found that vegetarians (those who eat meat of any kind less than once a month) experience a 36 percent lower prevalence of metabolic syndrome, a precursor to heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, than non-vegetarians. To measure metabolic syndrome, researchers tested for five risk factors: high blood pressure , high HDL cholesterol, high glucose levels, elevated triglycerides , and an unhealthy waist circumference. The benefits of the herbivore diet also held up when adjusted for factors such as age, smoking, alcohol consumption, and physical activity. "I was not sure if there would be a significant difference between vegetarians and non-vegetarians, and I was surpr...

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