Vegetarian diet may reduce the risk of urinary tract infection: Study

Vegetarian diet may reduce the risk of urinary tract infection: Study

01/02/2020

WORLD NEWS SERVICE

The scientists found that the overall risk of UTIs was 16 per cent lower in vegetarians than in non-vegetarians.

vegetarian diet may be associated with a lower risk of urinary tract infection (UTIs), particularly in women, according to a study which may lead to better dietary recommendations to prevent UTIs.

The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, UTIs are generally caused by gut bacteria like E coli, which enter the urinary tract through the urethra, and affect the kidneys and bladder.

 

 

Based on earlier research, scientists, including those from Tzu Chi University in Taiwan, said meat is a major reservoir for E coli strains known to cause UTIs, but they added that it is unknown whether avoiding meat reduces the risk of UTIs.

In the current research, they assessed the incidence of UTIs in 9,724 Buddhists in Taiwan, who participated in the Tzu Chi Vegetarian Study, which investigated the role of a vegetarian diet on health outcomes in Taiwanese Buddhists.

The scientists found that the overall risk of UTIs was 16 per cent lower in vegetarians than in non-vegetarians.

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