In today’s world, the majority of the people are busy working most of the day and later catching up on their social as well as family lives. This often leaves little room for a person to join any extra or relaxing activities.
In addition, people also tend to ignore their own needs in the midst of managing the work-family-friends conundrum. This also includes neglecting potential health issues that may develop as a consequence of constant poor choices in diet.
According to the statistics on the American Standard Diets, processed foods are consumed in the highest amount among all age groups. This is why diets of the general population have been a big concern and health professionals have repeatedly highlighted the importance of maintaining a healthy diet.
A healthy diet cannot only give a person great health for the present time but may also prevent future complications. For instance, some foods are known to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal activities.
Anyone who chooses to consume such foods also has an overall stronger immunity and does not get infections or sick that often. In a similar way, research has also moved forward to look at the anti-cancer activity in some of the common foods.
For instance, new research from health institutes and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston looks at the link between consumption of yogurt and a reduced risk of precancerous tumors or what is also called adenomas.
How Was the Research Conducted?
In accordance with the statistics from the National Cancer Insitute, colorectal cancer is among the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in the United States. In the case of this specific form, diet plays a major role.
Till now, research has not found any dietary factors which may contribute to a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer.
The team of researchers involved in the new study has, therefore, looked at the potential connections between foods and their effects on cancerous growths. The findings of the study are published in the British Medical Journal – Gut.
Read the full study here.
In order to observe the effects of food intake on colorectal adenomas, the researchers incorporated data from the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professional Follow-Up Study. In total, cases of 55,743 women and 32,606 men were analyzed.
The participants were asked to undergo endoscopy which is a procedure used to see the condition of the gut from the year 1986 to 2012. It also allows health professionals to detect any possible cancerous growths.
During this time period, the participants were also asked for data on their dietary intake and habits every four years. In the study, the researchers noted cases of colorectal adenomas in 8,116 women and 5,811 men.
What Were the Observations?
After observing the data, the researchers noted that men who consumed two or more servings of yogurt every seven weeks were nineteen percent less likely to have adenomas in their bowels in comparison with men who had little or no yogurt in their diets.
Additionally, regular yogurt consumers were also 26 percent less likely to develop aggressive cancerous growths in their colon. The possibility of developing large serrated adenomas was also seen to be decreased.
However, the study found no such connections between adenomas and the consumption of yogurt in women.
In consonance with the scientists, yogurt was able to reduce the likelihood of developing cancer due to a number of factors including its probiotic content which prohibits cancerous activities and its anti-inflammatory properties.
The researchers hope that they would be able to study more on the link between yogurt and its anti-cancer activity as well as look up more on its lack of effects in women.