Medical News Summary: Vegetarians have lower rates of hypertension than non-vegetarians


About: Vegetarians have lower rates of hypertension than non-vegetarians
Date: 11 January 2005
Source: PCRM
Medical News Summary (summary of medical news story as reported by PCRM): Vegetarians tend to have lower rates of hypertension. This is due to the fact that they generally have better weight control, have a higher potassium intake and plant-based foods help control blood viscosity. The lower blood pressure levels of vegetarians tend to reduce their risk of stroke, heart attack and kidney failure. Thus, people suffering from high blood pressure may benefit greatly from simply changing to a vegetarian diet.
Related Disease Topics: Hypertension, High blood pressure, Obesity, Overweight, Stroke, Heart attack, Kidney failure

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