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Are vegetarians healthier than meat eaters?

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Scientific studies reported in 2011 and 2013 conclude that vegetarians enjoy a lowered risk of many diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and prostate cancer, according to Medical News Today. Vegetarians also generally have a lower BMI (body mass index) and lower blood pressure.

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Medical News Today reports that a vegetarian diet reduces a person's risk of heart disease and his risk of hospitalization or death from cardiovascular disease by a whopping 33 percent.

Studies suggest that adopting a plant-based diet reduces a man's risk of developing prostate cancer. A study reported by Everyday Health concluded that men who drank the most milk in the research group had double the risk of developing prostate cancer as those who drank no milk, suggesting that the vegan diet may have even more benefits than vegetarianism.

A 2011 article from Medical News Today reports that top physicians in the UK recently issued a statement to the U.K. Government stating that a plant-based diet could greatly reduce the cost and frequency of the country's leading health problems, which include obesity, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

Also reported by Medical News Today is a 2007 study finding that if everyone in New York state adopted a vegetarian diet, the state could support 50 percent more people on their farmland as compared to a meat-based diet. This suggests that a vegetarian diet is not only healthier for the human body but contributes to a healthier and more sustainable future for the planet.

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