Vegetarians May Live Longer

California research finds 12% lower risk of dying for those who don't eat meat

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Not only does she feel better, Prather said, but she has lost close to 20 pounds since giving up all animal products in her diet.

The latest research follows a British study released in January that showed vegetarians had about a third less risk of hospitalization or death from cardiovascular disease than meat-eaters did.

The study, reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, included nearly 45,000 people from England and Scotland, about a third of who were vegetarians. And the research showed that the vegetarians had a 32 percent lower chance of being hospitalized or dying from heart disease. They also typically had lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels than non-vegetarians.

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Learn more about vegetarian diets at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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