Vegetarian Diet Linked To Lower Risk Of Urinary Tract Infection

Vegetarian Diet Linked To Lower Risk Of Urinary Tract Infection

According to a research, a vegetarian diet may reduce the incidence of urinary tract infections (UTIs), especially in women. This finding might improve dietary advice for preventing UTIs. According to a research that was published in the journal Scientific Reports, E. coli bacteria that enter the urinary system via the urethra and have an impact on the kidneys and bladder are often to blame for UTIs.

Meat is a significant reservoir for E. coli strains known to cause UTIs, according to experts, including those from Tzu Chi University in Taiwan, but they noted that it is uncertain if avoiding meat lowers the risk of UTIs.

In the present study, 9,724 Taiwanese Buddhists who took part among the Tzu Chi Vegetarian Study, which examined the effects of a vegetarian diet on health outcomes in Taiwanese Buddhists, had their incidence of UTIs analyzed.

Researchers discovered that vegetarians had a 16% reduced overall risk of UTIs than non-vegetarians. According to the research, 217 out of 3,040 vegetarians had a UTI, compared to 444 UTI occurrences among 6,684 non-vegetarians.

Although overall UTI risk for males was 79% lower than for women, independent of diet, the research found that the lowered UTI risk linked with a vegetarian diet was larger in men than in women. By avoiding popular sources of E. coli, such chicken and pork, vegetarians may be able to avoid consuming the bacteria that may result in UTIs.

They hypothesized that by increasing gastrointestinal acidity, the high fiber diet of many vegetarians could limit the formation of E. coli in the gut and reduce the incidence of UTI.