A Vegan Valentine For Him

So yesterday we looked at vegan demographics and learned that there are many more females who are vegan than males.  We also learned that most people go vegan for ethical reasons.  Jane likes to point out that this confirms that women tend to be more compassionate than men. Jane also points out that I was vegetarian in my twenties, because of a female… The woman I was dating at the time was vegetarian, and over the course of our relationship, I too became vegetarian.  Now I’m vegan, because of my wife.

So if you’re a single female looking for a vegan male, you might have to convert one… and here’s some ammunition for you…  A new study says that eating meat significantly increases the likelihood of developing prostate cancer.  Yikes!

Dr. Andrew Roddam of the Cancer Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford, and colleagues compiled the results of 12 studies linking prostate cancer to insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1).  These studies included a total of 3,700 men with prostate cancer and 5,200 without it.  Roddam’s findings were  published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Epidemiological studies have established a link between high circulating serum IGF-1 levels and the risk of later developing advanced prostate cancer. — Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information (NIH)

Prior research has shown a strong relationship between meat and dairy consumption and levels of IGF-1, and strict vegetarians are known to have far lower levels of the hormone circulating in their blood.

Men in the group with the highest IGF-1 levels were 40 percent (emphasis mine) more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than men with the lowest levels. Among men who did develop cancer, higher IGF-1 levels were also associated with a significantly greater rate of tumor spread. — Source:  Natural News

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, accounting for a quarter of all new cases of cancer diagnosed in men. It is the second most common cause of cancer death in UK men after lung cancer. (Source: Science Daily) According to the National Cancer Institute, 15.78% of men born in the United States today will be diagnosed with cancer of the prostate at some time during their lifetime. In other words, 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with cancer of the prostate during their lifetime.

So ladies, get your guys to go vegan… and you might want to suggest they start taking lycopene which has been shown to help neutralize harmful free radicals that can damage cells.  Lycopene may be valuable in slowing the growth of  cancers in the prostate, lung, and stomach. – Source: American Cancer Society.

Since most of us males are lead around by that certain part of our anatomy, this information could mean that you’re twice as likely to convince us!

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