Oct 4, 2013

Diet and High Blood Pressure

  • Incidence of high blood pressure in meat eaters compared to vegetarians: Nearly triple
  • Incidence of very high blood pressure in meat eaters compared to vegetarians: 13 times higher
  • Patients with high blood pressure who achieve substantial improvement by switching to a vegetarian diet: 30-75 percent
  • What patients are typically told when prescribed medications for high blood pressure: "You’ll probably need to take these for the rest of your life."
  • Patients with high blood pressure who are able to completely discontinue use of medications after adopting a low-sodium, low-fat, high-fiber vegetarian diet: 58 percent
  • Incidence of high blood pressure among senior citizens in United States: More than 50 percent
  • Incidence of high blood pressure among senior citizens in countries eating traditional low-fat plant based diets: Virtually none (‘The Food Revolution: how your diet can help save your life and our world’, by John Robbins)