Vegetarianism can help men to avoid prostate cancer, showed a new study.
According to the findings of scientists, men-vegans, who exclude from the diet all animal products, including eggs and dairy products were at a third lower risk of prostate cancer.
In the study, the researchers monitored the health of more than 26 thousand men over the age of 30 years for five years. By the end of the study, 1079 participants were diagnosed with prostate cancer.
It was found that vegetarians who do not eat meat but consume eggs and dairy products, the likelihood of the development of the disease was about the same as meat eaters. But those who completely avoided animal products, the risk of cancer was below 35 percent.
Apparently, it’s not just the lack of meat in the diet. The protective effect can give, and the vitamins and minerals contained in fruits and vegetables as well as soy, meat substitute.
There is a perception that veganism, perhaps more useful than simple vegetarianism because vegans eat more plant foods. Plus in their diet no fat dairy products.
However, it is unknown how long participants in the study were vegans. Which means you can’t answer the question, can a change in diet quickly to reduce the risk of cancer or that will require a lot of time.
By the way, earlier research has shown that vegetarians and vegans fewer sperm and lower sperm quality. Perhaps one of the reasons is the consumption of soy products.
The results of the study appeared in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.