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Long-term intake of animal flesh and risk of developing hypertension in three prospective cohort studies.

​Consistent consumption of animal foods, such as meat, poultry, and seafoods, may up hypertension risk in both men and women.

This study investigated the association between long-term intake of animal flesh, such as meat, poultry, and seafoods, and the likelihood of developing hypertension. A team of researchers from Harvard Medical School looked at the dietary data and prevalence of hypertension in more than 150,000 men and women recruited from the Nurses' Health Study and Health Professional Follow-Up Study.

Researchers observed that habitual consumers of animal flesh, such as meat, poultry, and sea foods, were more likely to develop hypertension than their counterparts who rarely consumed or totally avoided these types of foods. The results of this study indicate that regular intake of meat, poultry, and seafoods may increase the incidence of hypertension in the general population.

Research Summary Information

  • 2015
  • Borgi L, Curhan GC, Willett WC, Hu FB, Satija A, Forman JP.
  • Renal Division, Brigham and Women's Hospital Channing Division of Network Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Department of Nutrition Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
  • Yes, Free full text of study was found:
  • No. Source of funding disclosure not found
  • No. Potential conflicts disclosure not found
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