Health News: Vegetarians Don’t Die

Well, at least not as often as omnivores, according to a recent Loma Linda study of 73,000 Seventh-day Adventists, segmented into five groups: nonvegetarian, semivegetarian, pesco-vegetarian (includes seafood), lacto-ovo-vegetarian (includes dairy and egg products), and vegan (excludes all animal products). The study background noted that vegetarian diets have been associated with reductions in hypertension, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes. The study identified a 12 percent lower death rate among vegetarians. Vegetarian men in particular showed significantly less risk of cardiovascular disease than their meat-eating brethren.