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Vegetarian Diet May Lower Risk For Developing Metabolic Syndrome

MedWire Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/18, Withers) reported, “Individuals who consume a vegetarian diet have a lower risk for developing the metabolic syndrome than those who do not,” according to a study Share to FacebookShare to Twitter published in the journal Diabetes Care. After examining the diets of some 773 people, researchers found “those adhering to a vegetarian dietary pattern were at a 56% lower risk for developing the metabolic syndrome than nonvegetarians,” and that “triglycerides, glucose, blood pressure, waist circumference, and body mass index were all significantly lower in vegetarians than in nonvegetarians, even after adjusting for age, gender, ethnicity, smoking, alcohol intake, physical activity, and dietary intake.”

 

Vegetarians Have Lower Cataract Risk Than Meat Eaters

WebMD Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (4/20, Hendrick) reported, “People who eat meat may be at increased risk of developing cataracts compared to vegetarians,” according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. For the study, 27,670 people “were divided into groups according to the amount of meat they ate: highest meat consumption: 3.5 ounces or more a day; mid-range meat consumption: 1.7 to 3.4 ounces a day; low-meat consumption: less than 1.7 ounces a day; fish eaters: Those who ate fish but not meat; vegetarians: Those who did not eat meat or fish but did eat dairy products and/or eggs;” and “vegans: Those who did not eat meat, fish, dairy products, or eggs.” The researchers found that “mid-range meat eaters had a decreased cataract risk of 4%, low-meat eaters 15%, fish eaters 21%, vegetarians 30%, and vegans 40%.”