As per the results of a study, ditching meat and going vegan can help reduce the risk of urinary tract infection (UTI). This infection is ordinarily caused by E. coli bacteria that are usually found in the gut. When these bacteria enter the urinary tract via the urethra, it can lead to infection and when untreated, the infection can reach and affect the functioning of the kidneys.
A few of the studies conducted over the past years suggest that meat products can be an important source of E.coli bacteria strains that can lead to UTI. However, it was unclear whether excluding meat items from your diet can lower the risk of developing urinary tract infection. A new study that was published in the journal named Scientific Reports offers the first findings on whether switching to a plant-based food preparation can lower the chances of UTI. A group of researchers from the Tzu Chi University in Taiwan conducted studies to find whether vegetarians are at a lower risk of developing urinary tract infections when analogized to meat-eaters.
Plant-Based Diets Are More Effective In Women
The team of researchers studied the incidence of UTI in 9,700 plus Buddhists who took part in the Tzu Chi Vegetarian Study. The researchers followed the participants for about ten years and concluded that vegans were 16% less likely to develop urinary tract infections when compared to meat-eaters. The researchers kept track of all of the participants of the study from 2005 upto 2014.
The researchers used a food frequency questionnaire to assess the dietary habits of the people who took part in the study. After analyzing the diet of women and men separately, the team of researchers found that decreased risk of urinary tract infection associated with vegetarian diets was more in men than in women. Regardless of the diet plan, the overall risk of UTI for men is 79% lower than for women.
As per the results of the study, women were 18% less likely to develop urinary tract infections if they switched to vegan or plant-based food preparation. Vegetarian diets are high in vegetables and fruits that are rich sources of phytochemicals that can help control the growth of bacteria. On the other hand, meat-based food items can support the growth of bacteria that can lead to urinary tract infections. Therefore, if you want to avoid UTI and other urinary infections, make sure to add more plant-based food items to your healthy meal prep.