Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Yogurt and High-Fiber Diet Could Reduce Lung Cancer Risk

November Lung Cancer Awareness MonthNovember is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and there are so many people living with lung cancer. Lung cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. A new research has come up with the analysis that eating a diet which is rich in fiber and includes yogurt could help you reduce the risk of getting lung cancer.

This latest research has been carried out by Vanderbilt University Medical Center, USA, along with Seoul National University, South Korea. The research included over 1.4 million adults who took part in studies in United States, Europe and Asia. The findings were published in JAMA Oncology and it showed that intake of both fiber and yogurt appeared to reduce lung cancer risk.

“Our study provides strong evidence supporting the U.S. 2015-2020 Dietary Guideline recommending a high fiber and yogurt diet,” said senior author Xiao-Ou Shu, MD, PhD, MPH. “This inverse association was robust, consistently seen across current, past and never smokers, as well as men, women and individuals with different backgrounds,” she added.

The participants of the study were divided into five groups, according to the amount of fiber and yogurt they consumed. Those with highest consumption of fiber and yogurt had a 33% reduced lung cancer risk as compared to the group who did not consume yogurt and consumed least fiber. Researchers found that people who consumed about a tub of yogurt daily reduced their lung cancer risk by 20% and those who had an overall high-fiber diet lowered their risk by about 15%.

The researchers credit perbiotic and probiotic properties for these positive results. However, it has not been clear that what type of fiber or yogurt were taken into account in the study.

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