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  2. Feb 4, 2020

Vegetarian Diet May Lower Risk for Urinary Tract Infections

A vegetarian diet may lower your risk for urinary tract infections (UTIs), according to a study published in Scientific Reports. Researchers tracked UTI incidence rates for 9,724 vegetarian and nonvegetarian participants. Results showed a 16 percent decreased risk for UTIs among those following a vegetarian diet. Vegetarians, of course, do not consume poultry or pork, allowing them to avoid a strain of E. coli bacteria normally associated with UTIs. They also consume more fiber from plant-based foods that better regulate gut bacteria.

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Chen YC, Chang CC, Chiu THT, Lin MN, Lin CL. The risk of urinary tract infection in vegetarians and non-vegetarians: a prospective study. Sci Rep. 2020;10:906-915.

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