Cartoon – Vegetarians and Colorectal Cancerby Shaheen E Lakhan, MD, PhD, MEd, MS | May 15, 2015
Vegetarian diets may be associated with an overall lower incidence of colorectal cancers. Researchers from Loma Linda University analyzed data from the “The Adventist Health Study 2” of 96,354 Seventh-Day Adventist men and women between 2002-2007. The incidence of colorectal cancer in order of least to greatest was as follows: pescovegetarians (diet that includes fish or other seafood, but not meat or poultry), lacto-ovo vegetarians (no meat, fish, or poultry), vegans (no animal products), semivegetarians (those who ate meat, poultry, or fish less than once per week), and nonvegetarians.
Orlich MJ, Singh PN, Sabaté J, Fan J, Sveen L, Bennett H, Knutsen SF, Beeson WL, Jaceldo-Siegl K, Butler TL, Herring RP, & Fraser GE (2015). Vegetarian Dietary Patterns and the Risk of Colorectal Cancers. JAMA internal medicine PMID: 25751512
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