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Question: Do other lifestyle patterns of vegetarians influence health risks?


Yes. Vegetarians tend to smoke less, consume less alcohol, and exercise more. The vegetarian type diet, however, is still protective even when lifestyle risk factors are excluded. In other words smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and a sedentary lifestyle are risk factors for both vegetarians and omnivores, but vegetarians may suffer the consequences of bad habits less than omnivores and they are more likely to avoid them.

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