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Semi-vegetarians are 8% less likely to have hypertension than non-vegetarians
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Semi-vegetarians are 8% less likely to have hypertension than non-vegetarians according to the Adventist Health Study-2.
After adjusting for body mass index (BMI), semi-vegetarians had a 22% greater risk of hypertension than non-vegetarians.
In other words, the reason for the lower risk of hypertension was due to lower body weight.
Semi-vegetarians eat primarily a vegetarian diet, but occasionally eat meat, poultry or seafood.
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
(Present address: Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tromsø, NO-9037 Tromsø, Norway.)
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