Researchers claim that vegetarians
are less likely to get heart disease, diabetes or a stroke than semi-vegetarians
and non-vegetarians. These three conditions are closely linked to metabolic
syndrome (the combination of cholesterol and blood pressure-related symptoms).
They have a 1/3rd
of these diseases as research shows that vegetarians have a 36% lower rate of
metabolic syndrome. The study also found that even though the vegetarians
were slightly older than non-vegetarians they had lower triglycerides, glucose
levels, blood pressure, waist circumference and body mass index (BMI).
Giving up red meat gradually lowers
the risk of developing these conditions. The study is published in the
April issue of the journal Diabetes Care.