Dairy linked with protection from colorectal cancer

March 8, 2006 in Cancer Prevention, Nutrition Topics in the News

Dairy linked with protection from colorectal cancer

A recent study from researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm has found that a diet rich in dairy products could cut the risk of colorectal cancer by half.

The Cohort of Swedish Men studied over 45,000 men between 45 and 79 years of age for seven years. Using food frequency questionnaires to track the amount of dairy consumed, researchers found that men who consumed more than seven servings of dairy every day were 54 percent less likely to develop colorectal cancer, compared to those who ate less than 2 servings every day.

The study, published in this month’s issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition also found that high calcium intake did not result in the same risk reduction as dairy, suggesting there may be other compounds in dairy products that may be responsible for the reduced risk.

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