Vegetarians have lower blood pressure than meat eaters

Vegetarians have lower blood pressure than meat eaters

High blood pressure is the #1 cause of death in the world so a simple, easy and free way to lower it would be a smart idea don’t you think?

“This adds greater credence to the evidence on vegetarian diets”
Dr Lawrence Appel, MD, director of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research, Johns Hopkins University.

Dr Yoko Yokoyama, PhD, MPH, of the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center in Osaka, Japan, and colleagues, have released the results from a very large ‘meta-study’ showing that vegetarians had lower blood pressure than their omnivorous counterparts.

For years, countless observational studies have consistently shown that eating a vegetarian diet is associated with lower rates of hypertension.

The new findings suggest that “such diets could be a useful nonpharmacologic means for reducing blood pressure…”

The JAMA Internal Medicine release finds blood pressure in vegetarians was up to 6.9/4.7 mm Hg lower than meat eaters in the cross-sectional studies.

The correlation suggests that being a vegetarian would be expected to result in a:

  • 7% reduction in all-cause mortality
  • 9% reduction in mortality due to coronary heart disease
  • 14% reduction in mortality due to stroke

Vegetarians usually have:

  • lower body mass
  • eat less dense food
  • eat more fibre
  • higher levels of potassium
  • lower levels of sodium
  • less alcohol in their diets
  • much lower saturated fat intake
  • less viscous blood

Study by Yokoyama Y, et al “Vegetarian diets and blood pressure: a meta-analysis” covering 32 cross-sectional observational studies, with 21,604 total participants, as published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine 2014; DOI: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.14547.  As reported on February 24, 2014 by MedPage Today.

Posted: Thursday 27 February 2014