If you’re a man and you have been toying with the idea of starting a vegan diet, here’s another good reason to go for it. A new study has shown that sticking to a vegan diet can lower a man’s risk of prostate cancer. Here’s why it’s best to ditch the dairy and meat!
- What the Study Found:
In the study, 1079 cases of prostate cancer were monitored. It was found that only 8 percent of the people with prostate cancer were vegans. The Loma Linda University in California researchers claimed that a vegan diet can cut a person’s risk of prostate cancer by up to 35 percent. This is an important step in finding out how a plant-based diet can help to lower one’s chance of getting prostate cancer. But why would a vegan diet cut one’s prostate cancer risk? What are the benefits of this diet?
- Dairy is dangerous. A study of over 290,000 people found that consuming two or more servings of skim milk daily is linked to advanced prostate cancer.
- Fibre is important and you get loads in a vegan diet: think beans, fruits and veggies! When your body doesn’t get enough fibre, this increases hormones such as insulin and testosterone, which can contribute to prostate cancer.
- Avoid meat, avoid cancer. There has also been research into how meat can cause various types of cancer, so sticking to a vegan diet can help you ward off the illness. In fact, in one study, a vegetarian diet reduced a person’s colorectal cancer risk by 22 percent. So, it’s not just prostate cancer that you can prevent with a diet free of animal ingredients, but other cancers too. This makes it even more valuable as a lifestyle choice.
There is never a guarantee that you will stay free of illness, but there are definitely ways in which to decrease your risk. Following a vegan diet is one of them! *Image courtesy gosphotodesign / Dollar Photo Club