Italian researchers have found a link between fibroids & diet

An Fibroid Study in Italy found that fibroids were more common in women who ate beef and ham frequently, and less common in women who ate more green vegetables & fruit had a lower risk of fibroids. Abstract of the Medical Paper Objective: To analyze the relation between selected dietary indicators and the risk of uterine myomas. Methods: They used data from a case-control study on risk factors for uterine myomas conducted in Italy between 1986 and 1997. Cases included 843 women with uterine myomas whose clinical diagnoses dated back no more than 2 years. Controls were 1557 women younger than age 55 who had not had hysterectomies and were admitted for acute nongynecologic, nonhormonal, nonneoplastic conditions. Results: Women with uterine myomas reported more frequent consumption of beef, other red meat, and ham and less frequent consumption of green vegetables, fruit, and fish. The multivariate odds ratios in the upper tertile were 1.7 for beef and other red meat (95% confidence interval [CI] 1.4, 2.2), 1.3 for ham (95% CI 1.0, 1.6), 0.5 for green vegetables (95% CI 0.4, 0.6), and 0.8 for fruit consumption (95% CI 0.6, 1.0). Parazzini, MD Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche “Mario Negri” Francesca Chiaffarino ScD, Fabio Parazzini MD, Carlo La Vecchia MD, Liliane Chatenoud ScD, Elisabetta Di Cintio ScD and Silvia Marsico MD “Diet and uterine myomas” Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche “Mario Negri,” Milan; and the Prima Clinica Ostetrico Ginecologica and Istituto di Statistica Medica e Biometria, University of Milan, Milan, Italy Alcohol especially Beer is also a Risk Factor for Fibroids . This Study involved 22,000 women.


  • Chiaffarino F1, Parazzini F, La Vecchia C, Chatenoud L, Di Cintio E, Marsico S. Diet and uterine myomas. Obstet Gynecol. 1999 Sep;94(3):395-8. PMID: 10472866.