Yogurt protects men from the risk of bowel cancer!
A new study revealed that eating at least two servings of yogurt (equivalent to two cups) per week can help protect men from bowel cancer.
Researchers at the Medical School of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, said that men who consume at least two servings of yogurt have seen a decrease in the risk of cellular growth or what is known as glandular polyps, by 20% compared to others.
Glandular tumors are shown due to abnormal growth formed in the lining of the colon or rectum. They can be said to pave the way for cancer if left untreated, which may become malignant.
The findings support previous research, which suggests that the intake of yogurt may reduce the risk of intestinal cancer by altering the type and size of bacteria in the intestines, the researchers explained.
In the study published in Gut, the research team examined diets and the development of glandular polyps, with more than 32,000 men studying health professionals and more than 55,000 and 700 women studying the health of nurses.
The two studies investigated the risk factors for chronic disease among participants.
All participants underwent an endoscopy of intestines between 1986 and 2012, and reported on their diets every four years, including the amount of yogurt they eat.
Over the course of the 26-year study period, some 5800 glandular tumors were developed in men, and about 8100 in women.
Men with two or more servings of yogurt per week were found to be 20% less likely to have traditional benign adenomas than those who did not consume milk. Men who consume yogurt have seen a decrease in the risk of glandular tumors, which may become malignant, by 26%.
The researchers found no link between the intake of yogurt and the development of benign tumor in women.
The Panel emphasizes that the study is based on observation and that further research is needed to explain the mechanics behind the association.
However, researchers predict that one explanation may be that two probiotics commonly found in yogurt: Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, reduce the amount of carcinogenic substances in the intestines.