Yogurt May Help Lower Risk of Pre-Cancerous Bowel Growth in Men
Bowel cancer is a general term for cancer that begins in the
large bowel. A new study has found that eating two or more weekly servings of
yogurt is associated with a lower risk in men of developing the adenomas that
precede bowel cancer.
Participants in the study included 32,606 men who took part in
the Health Professionals Follow Up Study and 55,743 women who took part in the
Nurses’ Health Study. All of the participants had had a lower bowel endoscopy
between 1986 and 2012. Every four years, they provided detailed information on
demographics, lifestyle and diet, including yogurt consumption.
Men who ate two or more servings of yogurt per week were found to
have a 19% lower risk of developing a conventional adenoma, compared to those
who ate no yogurt. The risk of developing an adenoma that was likely to become
cancerous was 26% lower. No association was found between yogurt consumption
and the development of adenomas in women.
The study was conducted by researchers from the Washington
University School of Medicine, Sun Yat-sen University, Massachusetts General
Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. It was published on June 17, 2019 in the journal Gut.