Is a vegan diet helpful for fighting cancer? Recent research has shown a lower risk of colorectal and prostate cancer in low-meat eaters. Women who are vegetarian have a lower risk of post-menopausal breast cancer. And the same holds true for post-menopausal men. Although it is difficult to assess a diet’s impact on cancer risk, the following points may help you decide if a vegan diet is right for you.
Lower risk of colorectal cancer in low meat-eaters
A new study has linked reduced meat intake with a lower risk of colon cancer. This study suggests that people who consume less than five servings of meat a week are at a lower risk of developing colorectal cancer. The results were published in the open access journal BMC Medicine. Nevertheless, more studies are needed to determine which factors should be considered when changing one’s diet.
Age is a significant risk factor for colon cancer. However, diet is a highly modifiable factor. In October 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified red meat and processed meat as carcinogenic for humans. New epidemiological studies have further supported this classification. For now, a vegan diet is a healthy choice for those who want to reduce their overall risk of colorectal cancer.
The researchers conducted a Cox proportional hazards analysis to evaluate the relationship between plant-based diet and risk of colorectal cancer. They controlled for likely confounders and used the attained age to stratify data by dietary pattern. They also performed separate analyses for rectal and colon cancers. The analysis used the attained age as the time variable, which was truncated at the age of study entry. The results were presented as survival plots for the three groups stratified by age.
This study has several strengths. Participants were well-randomized and diverse in age, sex, geographic location, socioeconomic status, and religious background. This may improve internal validity. The study also uses precise definitions for vegetarian status and records intake of several different foods. Despite known confounders, the results were consistent. Thus, the study supports the conclusion that low-meat-eaters on a vegan diet have a lower risk of colorectal cancer.
The study authors acknowledge the support of Dr. Caroline Wood for helping them conduct the study. The findings are based on observational studies and cannot be generalized to lifetime diet. Further research needs to be conducted to determine whether meat consumption is linked to cancer risk. For now, the study authors acknowledge the support of the Nuffield Department of Population Health Doctoral Scholarship. They thank Dr. Caroline Wood for proofreading and language editing of the paper.
Researchers have identified an additional protective feature of the gut microbiota of vegans: decreased inflammation. Vegans tend to have higher levels of Faecalibacterium prausnitzii compared to meat-eaters, which are high-butyrate-producing bacterium. Moreover, they appear to have reduced cancer-causing genes. However, it is unknown whether the bacteria in these types of diets can inhibit tumor suppressing and immune-boosting pathways.
Lower risk of prostate cancer in low meat-eaters
The risk of colorectal cancer is notably lower among low meat-eaters. Postmenopausal women who ate less meat and fish were found to be at a lower risk for the disease than non-vegetarians. Interestingly, men who ate less meat and fish were found to have a lower risk for prostate cancer. Both low meat-eaters and non-vegetarians had lower BMIs, so this result may be attributed to other health behaviors.
The findings are further corroborated by a study of nearly 47,000 U.K. Biobank participants. The authors used digital questionnaires to assess meat consumption. They divided participants into meat eaters, low meat eaters, and fish eaters, based on their level of intake. The study also found that vegetarians had a significantly lower risk of colorectal cancer and prostate cancer than non-vegetarians.
The study also found that men who ate a high proportion of meat were more likely to develop prostate cancer. However, these results are inconsistent as there are other factors that may play a role, including the number of fish and meat consumed. Eating meat should be limited to flavorful condiments such as steak with vegetables, and meat should be consumed in moderation. For instance, a steak with roasted broccoli is a good example of this.
A study published in BMC Medicine also found that men who ate meat five times a week had a lower overall cancer risk than those who ate meat more than five times a week. However, the study doesn’t know how much of the meat consumed was processed. Therefore, future studies should examine the difference in cancer risks between low and high meat-eaters. Further research is needed to determine whether the association between meat consumption and cancer risk is even stronger.
The study was conducted on a large sample of men with a history of prostate cancer. Although the results from this study were not conclusive, they are encouraging. Those who follow a vegetarian diet are also less likely to develop colorectal cancer, although they do have a lower risk. However, the researchers noted that this association may be due to differences in the types of lifestyles among low meat-eaters and vegetarians.
Researchers also noted that the differences were not entirely caused by diet alone, but by residual confounding from other lifestyle factors, such as smoking. Further research is needed to clarify the mechanisms behind these associations. In the meantime, the authors encourage men who eat a vegetarian or low meat-eater diet to consider it. It is important to note that the study involved men of various ages, weight and BMI.
The study was done in British men and women who took part in the UK Biobank Study in 2006-2010. The subjects answered questionnaires about their diet, which included how often they ate meat, poultry, fish, or both. They were then divided into four dietary groups: regular meat-eaters, low meat-eaters, and low-meat-eaters. The latter group were defined as “low meat-eaters” and ate meat five times or less per week. The researchers also noted whether these men were asymptomatic or suffering from an illness.
Lower risk of postmenopausal breast cancer in vegetarian women
The findings of a new study suggest that a vegetarian diet may be beneficial for preventing postmenopausal breast cancer. A study by the University of Glasgow found that women who consume more than nine grams of processed meat or dairy products per day had a twenty percent higher risk of developing the disease. The study also found that women who consume less than nine grams of meat or dairy products per day were at a fifteen percent lower risk of breast cancer.
The study included 37600 women from the United Kingdom and Australia. The participants in the study were of various dietary habits, including vegetarianism and veganism. Since the study was conducted in large parts of the Western population, the sample population represented a large minority of vegetarians and vegans. This allows for a detailed analysis of isoflavone intake. In addition, the study’s findings suggest that a vegetarian diet may reduce the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer by 18 percent compared to a meat-eating woman.
However, the results of the vegetarian diet study are limited. There are many possible mediators and confounders of the association between diet and cancer risk. For example, BMI may be a confounder of the association between a vegetarian diet and postmenopausal breast cancer. In addition to these factors, the study did not account for differences in physical activity. Regardless of the reasons for the difference, the findings are significant.
In fact, the findings of the study also support the practice of lifelong abstinence in South Asia, which has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer in women. This is further supported by a large study conducted in the USA that suggests a lower risk of postmenopausal breast cancer in vegetarian women. While this effect was not statistically significant, it is a strong indication that a vegetarian diet is beneficial for women.
While research has shown a correlation between diet and cancer risk, the mechanism underlying the association is still not understood. It is believed that a vegetarian diet contains more fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and whole grains than an unhealthy diet does. While a vegan diet includes fewer processed foods, it is not as healthy as an unhealthy one. For instance, eating more potatoes and refined grains increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer.
The study analyzed data using a proportional hazard regression, with a total of 50 404 female participants. There were 892 incident BC cases among vegetarian women. The researchers found no significant association between the two groups. Despite the findings, vegetarian women were younger, taller, and less likely to have used postmenopausal hormone therapy (PMT) than non-vegetarian women.