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Benefits of vegetarian diet for diabetes and metabolic syndrome studied

Mon, 18 Apr 2011

Research into the benefits of a vegetarian diet for managing metabolic syndrome has shown that it could be effective in reducing the risks involved. The study, by scientists at Loma Linda University in California, revealed that vegetarians could be at significantly lower risk than meat eaters of developing metabolic syndrome, which is associated with diabetes, heart disease and stroke .

It was found that vegetarians and semi-vegetarians have a 36 per cent less chance of metabolic syndrome than non-vegetarians, using the five risk factors of high HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure, elevated triglycerides, high glucose levels and an unhealthy waist circumference, according to the study, which was published in the journal Diabetes Care .

Nico S. Rizzo, lead researcher on the study, commented "I was not sure if there would be a significant difference between vegetarians and non-vegetarians, and I was surprised by just how much the numbers contrast. It indicates that lifestyle factors such as diet can be important in the prevention of metabolic syndrome."

Another recent study, published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, showed that meat eaters had substantially higher cardiovascular risk factors than vegetarians, although a vegan diet was found to increase the risk of blood clots and the hardening of arteries .
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