Vegetarianism is linked to a lower risk for colon cancer, a new study suggests.
Researchers observed the diets of more than 77,000 people in order to study the link. After seven years, they identified only 380 cases of colon cancer, which is fewer than the average risk.
This finding was consistent with prior studies, said the researchers. Former studies have linked red meat and processed meats to increased risk of colon cancers.
“The evidence that vegetarian diets similar to those of our study participants may be associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer, along with prior evidence of the potential reduced risk of obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and mortality, should be considered carefully in making dietary choices and in giving dietary guidance," the authors said.
The researchers believed the reduced risk was caused by less meat intake, but also because of increased whole plant food consumption. If you’re concerned about your colon cancer risk, try going meatless or talk to your doctor about getting screened today.
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