Vegetarian diet linked to reduced risk of colon cancer

Assorted-Vegetables-Apples(NaturalNews) Colon cancer is a serious issue in the United States, particularly for those over 50. It is one of the most frequently diagnosed forms of this disease. Even if it is not fatal, it can often have serious consequences. One common treatment for colon cancer is colon re-sectioning, which is the surgical removal of the diseased portion of the colon. This can sometimes lead to the need for the placement of a colostomy bag, or a small plastic apparatus which hangs from a surgical opening in the abdomen and which collects fecal material. Needless to say, colostomy placement has serious repercussions for a person’s psychological, sexual and social life. However, the good news is that colon cancer risk can be reduced with modifiable lifestyle choices. One of these choices is to eliminate or reduce red meat in the diet. Another, according to recent research, appears to be a vegetarian diet.

New research from Loma Linda

This new study is coming from researchers at Loma Linda University in California. This large study, later published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) looked at the dietary habits of more than 70,000 participants. What they found was this:

People who consumed a strict vegetarian diet showed a 22 percent lower risk of colon cancer, and people who consumed a vegetarian diet but also consumed fish regularly showed a whopping 43 percent reduced risk.

In short, what is called the “pescovegetarian” diet seems to be the ideal one to combat the risk of colon cancer.

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