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Vegetarians less likely to develop cancer

Thursday 25 February 2010

Langues :

A study led on vegetarians and meet eaters concludes that the sooner are less likely to develop a cancer than the latter. In fact, if a link between eating meet and develop a stomach cancer was already proved, scientists found new evidence showing the benefits of vegetarian regime on the development of other cancers.

Meet eaters have 12% more chances to develop a cancer than vegetarians. More specifically, they have 40% more chances to develop a blood cancer. Naomi Allen, who worked on this study does not have an explanation on the reason why vegetarian regime has such an influence over the risk of blood cancer.

She declared : "We need to know what aspect of a fish and vegetarian diet is protecting against cancer. Is it the higher fibre intake, higher intake of fruit and vegetables, is it just meat perse?"

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The study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, is part of a long-term international study, the European prospective investigation into cancer and nutrition.

Findings were based on a study of 61,000 people who scientists followed over 12 years. During this time, 3,350 participants were diagnosed with cancer. Of those, 68% (2,204) were meat eaters, 24% (800) were vegetarians and 9.5% (300) ate fish but no meat.

Annette Pinner, chief executive of the Vegetarian Society, said: "It is widely recognised that a third of cancers are directly related to diet and what’s interesting in this study is the findings on blood cancers. We wouldn’t claim vegetarianism is a panacea for cancer but it is a step in the right direction."

This study eventually gives concrete proof of the benefits of vegetarian regime for a halthier life.

Thomas PRADO for www.buddhachannel.tv

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