JUN 22, 2019 9:01 AM PDT

Could eating yogurt reduce your risk of cancer?

Better go stock up on yogurt – at least according to a new study published in the BMJ journal Gut from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The research suggests that eating yogurt can lower the risk of precancerous growths called adenoma in your bowel – that is, if you’re a man.

Because colorectal cancers are known to be impacted by diet, there are currently many studies researching the associations between different foods and the risk of tumors or precancerous growths. In this most recent observational study, researchers determined a 19% lower risk of adenomas associated for men who eat yogurt. They did not find the same results for women.

The study authors think that eating yogurt could lower the risk of adenomas in the bowel because of yogurt’s microbiome and its anti-inflammatory qualities. "Products of the two common probiotics used in yogurt, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, may reduce levels of carcinogens such as nitroreductase, fecal activated bacterial enzymes, and soluble fecal bile acids," the authors write. “The stronger link between yogurt intake and colon versus rectal adenomas may in part [be] due to the lower pH in the colon, which is more hospitable for probiotics.” Additionally, "Yogurt may also reduce adenoma risk by exerting anti-inflammatory effects on colon mucosa and ameliorating gut barrier dysfunction."

In order to come to this conclusion, first study author Xiaobin Zheng and colleagues looked at data for the bowels of 32,606 men and 55,743 women and men. They then analyzed the diets (particularly yogurt consumption) of the participants, paying particular attention to the subsequent formation of adenomas.

Increased yogurt consumption could decrease risk of adenomas in men. Photo: Pixabay

According to Medical News Today, the researchers found that “men who reported eating two or more servings of yogurt per week were 19% less likely to develop precancerous growths in the bowel (conventional adenomas) compared with men who reported eating no yogurt at all, and were 26% less likely to develop abnormal growths with a high likelihood of developing into malignant tumors in the colon.”

It is unknown why women did not see such benefits. The team would like to continue this research in order to better understand the connections between the consumption of different foods and lower cancer risk.

Sources: Medical News TodayGut

About the Author
  • Kathryn is a curious world-traveller interested in the intersection between nature, culture, history, and people. She has worked for environmental education non-profits and is a Spanish/English interpreter.
You May Also Like
APR 05, 2021
Cannabis Sciences
Can Smoking Cannabis Cause Lung Cancer?
APR 05, 2021
Can Smoking Cannabis Cause Lung Cancer?
So far, there is no firm consensus on whether smoking cannabis can cause lung cancer. As cannabis smoke contains many si ...
APR 04, 2021
Drug Discovery & Development
Ion-Pump for Chemotherapy
APR 04, 2021
Ion-Pump for Chemotherapy
Patients of malignant brain tumors experience recurrences even after subsequent treatments. To address this issue, scien ...
MAY 27, 2021
Microbiology
Some Microbes May Protect the Gut From Chemo's Harmful Effects
MAY 27, 2021
Some Microbes May Protect the Gut From Chemo's Harmful Effects
The microbes in our gut can influence our physiology in many ways. Some gut microbes have a positive impact on human hea ...
JUN 16, 2021
Cell & Molecular Biology
A Potential Way to Prevent Metastatic Cancer
JUN 16, 2021
A Potential Way to Prevent Metastatic Cancer
Metastatic cancer is the deadliest, and it can happen years after cancer has been treated to the point of remission. Met ...
JUN 27, 2021
Cancer
Are e-cigarettes actually helpful for smoking cessation?
JUN 27, 2021
Are e-cigarettes actually helpful for smoking cessation?
New research published in The Lancet Public Health reports on a study that looked at interventions targeting e-cigarette ...
JUL 26, 2021
Genetics & Genomics
A Region of Non-Coding DNA That May Help Regulate Telomere Length is ID'ed
JUL 26, 2021
A Region of Non-Coding DNA That May Help Regulate Telomere Length is ID'ed
Many types of cells have to be replenished continuously throughout our lives, and the genome in the nucleus of those cel ...
Loading Comments...