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Vegetarian Diets and Colorectal Cancer

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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Shaheen E Lakhan, MD, PhD, MEd, MS

Shaheen E Lakhan, MD, PhD, MEd, MS, is a board-certified neurologist, pain medicine specialist, medical educator, and executive director of the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation (GNIF). He is a published scholar in biomarkers, biotechnology, education technology, and neurology. He serves on the editorial board of several scholarly publications and has been honored by the U.S. President and Congress.
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