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Study: Vegetarian diet may lower blood pressure

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A vegetarian diet may help lower blood pressure, according to a new research study out of Japan.

The study included data from nearly 22,000 people who had either been long-time vegetarians or switched to a meatless diet for the clinical trial.

In both cases, the vegetarian diet was associated with lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure than those diets which included meat.

Researchers hope a plant-based diet could be an effective treatment for hypertension, instead of using medications that can be costly and have unpleasant side effects.

Experts say while the results are encouraging, vegetarians tend to have a healthier lifestyle, which could account for the lower blood pressure. They also encourage patients to talk to their doctor before replacing blood pressure medications with a vegetarian diet.
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