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Vegetarian diet means longer life

The Times, Friday, June 24, 1994

By Jeremy Laurence, health services correspondent

PEOPLE who eat a vegetarian diet have a sharply reduced risk of developing cancer and live longer than their meat-eating friends, researchers have found.

A study of more than 5,000 vegetarians who were followed for 12 years showed they had a 40 per cent lower risk of dying of cancer and a 20 per cent lower risk of dying of any cause compared with a group of 6,000 meat eaters.

The researchers, from the London School of Hygiene and the University of Oxford, say the results show that a diet based on cereals, pulses, fruit and vegetables is healthier than one based on meat and dairy products. However, they say the findings do not yet provide a justification for giving up meat.

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