‘Non-vegetarians run a greater risk from chronic diseases’

June 3rd, 2008 - 8:24 pm ICT by IANS  


Lucknow, June 3 (IANS) Non-vegetarian families run a greater risk of suffering from chronic diseases than their vegetarian counterparts, suggests a survey conducted by Lucknow University (LU) students. “The survey covered 1,000 upper-middle class families of Lucknow in which it was observed that the non-vegetarians are more prone to diabetes, cancer, asthma, arthritis and other chronic diseases,” said LU’s Institute for Public Health and Affairs (IPHA) director Manoj Dixit Tuesday.

Referring to the survey conducted by his students, Dixit said: “We observed that the rate of chronic diseases in non-vegetarian families was over 11 percent while in vegetarian families it was nearly seven percent.”

Significantly, the survey also observed that out of 1,000 families, there were 180 such non-vegetarian families whose every member was affected by a chronic disease, said Sanjeev Pandey, IPHA faculty member.

The survey was undertaken jointly by LU and a non-government organisation, Green Blood. LU plans to undertake a similar survey covering several districts of Uttar Pradesh, said a varsity official.

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