Vegetarians at significantly lower heart disease, diabetes and stroke risk

April 16th, 2011 - 1:11 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, April 15 (ANI): A new research from Loma Linda University has suggested that vegetarians experience a 36 percent lower prevalence of metabolic syndrome than non-vegetarians.

Metabolic syndrome is a precursor to heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. And the findings indicated that vegetarians might be at lower risk of developing these conditions.

The study found that while 25 percent of vegetarians had metabolic syndrome, the number significantly rises to 37 percent for semi-vegetarians and 39 percent for non-vegetarians. The results hold up when adjusted for factors such as age, gender, race, physical activity, calories consumed, smoking, and alcohol intake.

“I was not sure if there would be a significant difference between vegetarians and non-vegetarians, and I was surprised by just how much the numbers contrast,” said lead researcher Nico S. Rizzo.

“It indicates that lifestyle factors such as diet can be important in the prevention of metabolic syndrome,” added S. Rizzo.

The study has been published in the journal Diabetes Care. (ANI)

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