New research indicates vegetarian diets are related to reduced death rates.

The study of more than 70,000 vegetarians showed there was 12-percent lower adjusted risk of death for vegetarians compared to people who ate meat.

Meat-free diets have also been associated with less risk for many chronic diseases, including ischemic heart disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, according to the study’s authors.

The study also found benefits of eating meat only in the form of fish, and animal products only in the form of dairy and eggs, compared to a meaty diet.

A report on the study published Online First by JAMA Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication.