Hypertension, retinal degeneration, vegetarian diet

A study carried out in the Republic of China revealed that individuals on a strict vegetarian diet (no meat, fish, milk, eggs, and alcohol or tobacco) have less high blood pressure than persons consuming the typical non-vegetarian diet. Retinal arteriosclerosis was much less common in the vegetarians (19.8 percent vs. 42.9 percent). Degenerative disease of the retina of the eye was less common in vegetarians. In those vegetarians who did have abnormalities of the eyes, the changes
were much less profound than those in non-vegetarians. (Medical Tribune 27(32)3, 33, November, 1986)
Copyright 1986 Phylis Austin

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