Research published in the journal
shows that eating 2 or more weekly servings of yogurt may lower the risk of developing the abnormal growths, known as adenomas, that precede the development of bowel cancer.
Investigators analyzed the diets and subsequent development of adenoma in approximately 32,606 men as a part of the Health Professionals Follow UP Study and 55,743 women who were part of the Nurses Health Study. All participants were known to have had a lower bowel endoscopy between 1986 and 2012. Every 4 years, they provided detailed information on lifestyle and diet, including their yogurt intake.
Investigators found that during the study period, 5811 adenomas developed in men and 8116 in the women. Compared with those who did not eat yogurt, men who ate 2 or more servings a week were 19% less likely to develop a conventional adenoma, according to the study. Patients who had adenomas that were highly likely to become cancerous or were located in the rectum had an even greater decreased risk of 26%.
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