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Protection against colorectal cancer from yogurt consumption?
According to a new study, by eating just two servings of yogurt a week, men can significantly reduce their risk of developing an adenoma, which usually contributes to colorectal cancer.
The University of Washington's latest research found that consuming two servings of yogurt a week protects against the development of an adenoma associated with the development of colorectal cancer. The results of the study were published in the English-language journal “Gut”.
Over 77,000 people were examined
For the study, more than 32,000 men and over 55,000 women were medically monitored for a total of 25 years. The participants also provided information about their lifestyle and diet as well as how much yogurt they consumed every four years. The study found that 5,822 adenomas developed in men and 8,116 in women over time.
No benefits from yogurt consumption for women
It was found that men who consumed at least two servings of yogurt a week were 19 percent less likely to develop adenoma than men who did not eat yogurt. Eating yogurt had no comparable advantage for the women participating in the study, the researchers explain. The study data provide new evidence of the role of yogurt in the early stages of colorectal cancer development and the potential of intestinal bacteria in modulating this process.
More research is needed
The results, if confirmed by future studies, suggest that yogurt could serve as a largely acceptable modifiable factor that could complement colon cancer screening and reduce the risk of adenoma in unscreened individuals.
Is the positive effect on bacteria?
Since it was only a so-called observational study, it could not be clearly proven why the consumption of yogurt leads to such health effects in men. Two types of bacteria found in yoghurt, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, could reduce the cancer-causing substances in the intestine, the study authors suspect. (as)
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