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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Vegetarian diet linked with lower risk of urinary tract infections

In continuation of my update on a vegetarian diet

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A vegetarian diet may be associated with a lower risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs), a study in Scientific Reports suggests.

UTIs are usually caused by gut bacteria, such as E. coli, which enter the urinary tract through the urethra and affect the kidneys and bladder. Previous research has shown that meat is a major reservoir for E. coli strains known to cause UTIs, but it is unknown whether avoiding meat reduces the risk of UTIs.
Chin-Lon Lin and colleagues assessed the incidence of UTIs in 9,724 Buddhists in Taiwan, who participated in the Tzu Chi Vegetarian Study, a study investigating the role of a vegetarian diet on health outcomes in Taiwanese Buddhists. The authors found that the overall risk of UTIs was 16% lower in vegetarians than in non-vegetarians. Of the 3,040 vegetarians in the study, 217 developed a UTI compared to 444 UTI cases in 6,684 non-vegetarians studied. The reduced UTI risk associated with a vegetarian diet was greater in men than women, although overall UTI risk for men was 79% lower than for women, regardless of diet.
The authors suggest that by not eating common sources of E. coli, such as poultry and pork, vegetarians may avoid ingesting E. coli that may cause UTIs. They also propose that the higher fibre diet of many vegetarians may prevent the growth of E. coli in the gut and decrease UTI risk by making the intestine more acidic.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Tea Drinking Linked to Reduced Risk for Atherosclerotic CVD

In continuation of my update on Tea

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Habitual tea consumption is associated with a reduced risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality, according to a study published online Jan. 9 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

Xinyan Wang, from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, and colleagues examined the association of tea consumption with the risk for atherosclerotic CVD and all-cause mortality among 100,902 general Chinese adults in 15 provinces in China. Standardized questionnaires were used to obtain information on tea consumption.
The researchers found that 3,683 atherosclerotic CVD events, 1,477 atherosclerotic CVD deaths, and 5,479 all-cause deaths were recorded during a median follow-up of 7.3 years. For habitual tea drinkers, the hazard ratios were 0.80, 0.78, and 0.85 for atherosclerotic CVD incidence, atherosclerotic CVD mortality, and all-cause mortality, respectively, compared with never or nonhabitual tea drinkers. At the index age of 50 years, habitual tea drinkers were free from atherosclerotic CVD for 1.41 more years and had a life expectancy of 1.26 years longer. Among participants who kept the habit during follow-up, the observed inverse associations were strengthened.
"Our findings give a further insight into the beneficial role of tea consumption, and have great public health implications for guiding primary prevention among general Chinese adults," the authors write.