An Oxford University study using data on 472,000 adults in the UK found the risk of prostate cancer was 31 per cent lower in vegetarians than in those who ate meat more than five times a week.
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Cutting down on meat consumption can significantly reduce men’s disease risk prostate cancerNew research shows.
An Oxford University study using data on 472,000 UK adults found a 31 per cent lower risk in vegetarians, compared with those who ate meat more than five times a week.
While the risk of a range of cancers was slightly lower in those who didn’t eat meat, prostate cancer showed the clearest results.
Men who ate only fish had a 20% lower risk of developing prostate cancer than men who ate meat at least five times per week.
Participants between the ages of 40 and 70 were recruited into the UK Biobank study between 2006 and 2010.
The researchers calculated the odds of new cancers developing over the next 11 years by tracking health records.
They found that the overall cancer risk was 2% lower in those who ate meat 5 or less times per week, 10% lower in those who ate fish but no meat, and 14% lower in those who ate meat. vegetarian and vegetarians.
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Author Cody Watling, who studies diet, hormones and cancer risk at Oxford, said: ‘We were surprised by the significantly lower risk of prostate cancer in men. vegetarians.
“Previous evidence suggests that vegetarians and vegans may have a lower risk of developing cancer.
“However, evidence for a reduction in the risk of developing specific types of cancer remains inconclusive.”
The researchers used a poll of UK Biobank participants about how often they ate meat and tracked their health records.
They took into account other factors known to influence risk, such as diabetes status, wealth, and other lifestyle factors in their analysis.
About 52% of the participants ate meat more than five times a week, and 44% of them ate meat five times a week or less.
Only 2% are vegetarians and another 2% are vegetarians or vegans.
About 12% of the participants developed cancer during the time the study was being carried out.
The findings, published in the journal BMC Medicine, cannot prove with certainty that meat consumption itself affects cancer risk, the researchers said.
Researcher Cody Watling added: ‘Our team at Oxford is conducting further research to assess cancer risk across dietary groups with larger numbers of vegans and vegetarians.
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