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As instances of metabolic problems in the country continue to rise, researchers at Loma Linda University have found that vegetarians have a 36 percent lower risk of developing such health risks than meat-eaters.
In a randomized study of 700 participants, it was found that about one-fourth of vegetarians had metabolic syndrome, compared to 37 percent of those who limited their meat intake and 39 percent who ate meat regularly.
Individuals with metabolic syndrome have at least three of the following conditions: High blood pressure, a large waistline and elevated levels of cholesterol, triglycerides and blood glucose.
The researchers conducted the study in order to see how food choices can affect the prevalence of metabolic syndrome.
“This work again shows that diet improves many of the main cardiovascular risk factors that are part of metabolic syndrome,” says Gary Fraser, M.D., Ph.D., principal investigator. “Trending toward a plant-based diet is a sensible choice.”