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  • Lacto-ovo vegetarians are 43% less likely to have hypertension than non-vegetarians

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    Thursday, February 09, 2017 2:09 pm Email this article

    Lacto-ovo vegetarians are 43% less likely to have hypertension than non-vegetarians according to the Adventist Health Study-2.

    After adjusting for body mass index (BMI), lacto-ovo vegetarians had a 14% lower risk of hypertension than non-vegetarians.

    In other words, a large part of the reason for the lower risk of hypertension was due to lower body weight.

    Lacto-ovo vegetarians eat vegetables, eggs, and dairy products, but who do not eat meat.

    Hypertension Definition

    Hypertension Definition: 140/90 mm Hg or greater or taking a blood pressure drug

    Hypertension was defined as having a systolic blood pressure of 140 mmHg or higher, or having a diastolic blood pressure of 90 mmHg or higher, or someone who was taking antihypertensive medications.


    Subjects: 500 whites

    The study analyzed data from 500 whites that were representative of the Adventist Health Study-2 cohort.


    Pettersen BJ, Anousheh R, Fan J, Jaceldo-Siegl K, and Fraser GE. Vegetarian diets and blood pressure among white subjects: results from the Adventist Health Study-2 (AHS-2). Public Health Nutr, 2012 Oct; 15(10): 1909-1916.

    Author’s Contact Info

    Gary E Fraser
    Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    School of Public Health
    Loma Linda University
    24785 Stewart Street
    Loma Linda, CA 92350, USA
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    (Present address: Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tromsø, NO-9037 Tromsø, Norway.)

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