Research into diet and the effect it has on IBD symptoms is always big news, and even more so during the month of May, which is IBD Awareness Month. A new study has found that including soy in your diet may help to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). MORE: Vlogger shares her tips for living with ulcerative colitis. Researchers from Pennsylvania State University fed mouse models with ulcerative colitis a soy protein concentrate and found that it improved two of the symptoms commonly associated with the disease: weight loss and an enlarged spleen. Positive effects were also noted when the protein was used with human cultivated intestine cells. Find out more about this study here. Previous research has found that soy can be beneficial in preventing stomach cancer, and that swapping dairy protein for soy can reduce the risk of the disease by up to 42 percent for women and 29 percent for men. Men also reduced their risk of prostate cancer by 30 percent. MORE: Seven things you'll understand if you're a woman with IBD. IBD News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.