Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Health & Fitness
  3. Holistic Health

Leaving meat out of your diet may lower your blood pressure

See also

High blood pressure is a serious problem which is associated with heart disease, stroke, kidney damage, vision loss, memory loss, erectile dysfunction, fluid in the lungs angina, and peripheral artery disease, reports the American Heart Association. Your blood pressure may be lower if you do not eat meat, reported MedPage Today on Feb. 24, 2014.

Researchers found vegetarians had lower blood pressure than their omnivorous counterparts. According to Yoko Yokoyama, PhD, MPH, of the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center in Osaka, Japan, and colleagues, in controlled trials blood pressure was an average of 4.8/2.2 mm Hg lower among vegetarians in controlled trials and 6.9/4.7 mm Hg lower in cross-sectional studies. The findings have been reported online in JAMA Internal Medicine. The researchers have suggested that such meat free diets could be a useful nonpharmacologic means for lowering blood pressure.

The reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure seen with adherence to a vegetarian diet were observed to be similar to those observed with commonly recommended lifestyle modifications, such as adoption of a low-sodium diet or a weight reduction of 5 kg (11 lbs). This is significant in consideration that a reduction in systolic blood pressure of 5 mm Hg is expected to result in a 7 percent lowering in all-cause mortality, and a 9 percent and 14 percent lowering in mortality due to coronary heart disease and stroke, respectively.

The National Institutes of Health has reported has reported on research which had a goal of comparing the prevalence of self-reported hypertension and mean systolic and diastolic blood pressures in four diet groups, including meat eaters, fish eaters, vegetarians and vegan. In this study it was concluded non-meat eaters, particularly vegans, have a lower prevalence of hypertension and lower systolic and diastolic blood pressures than meat eaters. Clearly, the evidence is compelling that a meat free diet may be a good way to help control blood pressure naturally.



  • Dead babies found
    Seven dead babies were found in Utah resident Megan Huntsman's old home
    Shocking Discovery
  • Kendall Jenner
    Get the Coachella looks: Kendall Jenner’s nose ring, green hair and edgy nails
    Coachella Look
  • Dog's Easter basket
    How to fill your dog’s Easter basket with the perfect toys
    Easter Basket
  • Rabbit owners
    Bringing home the bunny: Important information for rabbit owners
    7 Photos
  • Haunted island
    The world’s most haunted island may soon be the most haunted luxury resort
    Haunted Resort
  • Sunken ferry
    Search continues for missing passengers after a ferry sinks off the South Korean coast
    Sunken Ferry

Related Videos:

  • Bento box
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517399112" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • A new gene variant found increases the risk of colorectal cancer from eating processed meat.
    <div class="video-info" data-id="496798023" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Moldy Suitecase
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518020258" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!