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Blood pressure in vegetarians and non-vegetarians: A cross-sectional analysis

Study shows vegetarians have lower blood pressure and significantly lower hypertension risk that non-vegetarians.
CL Melby, GC Hyner, B Zoog (Purdue University, US)

A study was undertaken across 7th Day Adventists - 7th day Adventists were chosen since they are a religious group that avoids tobacco, alcohol and caffeine, thus eliminating other key sources of blood pressure from the analysis.
Significantly fewer vegetarians (14%) reported a history of physician diagnosed hypertension, compared to non-vegetarians (36.9%). Additionally, blood pressure of vegetarians (an average of 114/71) was significantly lower than blood pressure of non-vegetarians (122/74).