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Wall St. Journal: Vegetarians Live Longer Than Meat-Eaters, Study Says

Wall St. Journal: Vegetarians Live Longer Than Meat-Eaters, Study Says

Practitioners of a vegetarian diet were found to be 19% less likely to die from heart disease.

Avery Johnson
HEALTH & WELLNESS Updated June 3, 2013, 7:01 p.m. ET

Vegetarians live longer than meat-eaters, according to a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, a Journal of the American Medical Association.

The authors tracked 73,308 members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for almost six years. The church is known for promoting a vegetarian diet, though not all of its followers adhere to that teaching. Researchers found out what type of diet participants ate, then followed up to find out how many of those participants had died and how.

Vegetarians in the study experienced 12% fewer deaths over the period. Dietary choices appeared to play a big role in protecting the participants from heart disease, from which vegetarians were 19% less likely to die than meat-eaters.

There also appeared to be fewer deaths in the vegetarian group from diabetes and kidney failure.

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