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November 1990

Seroprevalence of Helicobacter pylori in Seventh-Day Adventists and Other Groups in Maryland: Lack of Association With Diet

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Geographic Medicine, Department of Medicine, and the Center for Vaccine Development, University of Maryland School of Medicine (Drs Hopkins, Wasserman, Lefkowitz, and Morris), and the Department of Pathology and Program of Comparative Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Dr Russell and Mr O'Donnoghue), Baltimore.

Arch Intern Med. 1990;150(11):2347-2348. doi:10.1001/archinte.1990.00390220087017

• To evaluate the possible role of diet in the transmission of Helicobacter pylori, we compared H pylori seroprevalence among Seventh-Day Adventists (who are vegetarian and abstain from alcohol, caffeine, and meat; n=94) and two non—Seventh-Day Adventist control groups (n=168). With the use of an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay H pylori antigen prepared in a French pressure cell, we found no difference in seroprevalence among these groups; however, seropositivity strongly correlated with age and black race.

(Arch Intern Med. 1990;150:2347-2348)