Thursday, April 14, 2011

Vegetarians Less Likely to Develop Metabolic Syndrome

Researchers claim that vegetarians are less likely to get heart disease, diabetes or a stroke than semi-vegetarians and non-vegetarians. These three conditions are closely linked to metabolic syndrome (the combination of cholesterol and blood pressure-related symptoms).

They have a 1/3rd lesser probability of these diseases as research shows that vegetarians have a 36% lower rate of metabolic syndrome. The study also found that even though the vegetarians were slightly older than non-vegetarians they had lower triglycerides, glucose levels, blood pressure, waist circumference and body mass index (BMI).

Giving up red meat gradually lowers the risk of developing these conditions. The study is published in the April issue of the journal Diabetes Care.


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