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July 15, 2020 - Physicians Committe for Responsible Medicine

Plant-Based Diets Shown To Fight Hypertension in Black People

Plant-Based Diets Shown To Fight Hypertension in Black People
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Black people had a nearly twofold higher mortality rate than their white peers for hypertension-related heart disease deaths in 2018, according to a new study in the journal Hypertension.

While several factors played a role in this disparity, a plant-based diet is one way to help fight high blood pressure. One study found that a plant-based diet reduced hypertension risk by 44% in Black Americans.

The study looked at the diets of 592 African American participants from the Adventist Health Study-2 and categorized them into three eating patterns: vegetarian/vegan, pesco-vegetarian, and nonvegetarian. Those who consumed a vegetarian/vegan diet had a 44% reduced risk for hypertension, lower blood pressure, half the risk of diabetes, and a healthier weight.

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