Vegetarians as a group are healthier than omnivores
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- Vegetarians have lower rates of diabetes than non-vegetarians
- Vegetarians as a group have a lower rate of mortality than meat eaters
- The 2010 version of Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services every five years, states that "In prospective studies of adults, compared to non-vegetarian eating patterns, vegetarian-style eating patterns have been associated with improved health outcomes – lower levels of obesity, a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, and lower total mortality. Several clinical trials have documented that vegetarian eating patterns lower blood pressure."