Mediterranean Diet can cut down the risk of Uterine Cancer!

Mediterranean Diet can cut down the risk of Uterine Cancer!

A new study suggests that Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of uterine cancer.

“Our research shows the impact a healthy; balanced diet could have on a woman’s risk of developing womb (uterine) cancer. This adds more weight to our understanding of how our everyday choices, like what we eat and how active we are, affect our risk of cancer” states study author Dr. Cristina Bosetti, of the IRCCS – Instituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche in Milan, Italy.

For the study, the researchers analyzed the diets of more than 5,000 Italian women. Typically, a Mediterranean diet consists of vegetables, fruits, nuts, cereals, potatoes, fish and monounsaturated fats along with moderate alcohol intake with fewer amounts of meat and dairy products.

In particular, a Mediterranean diet consists of the following foods:

  • Chickpeas
  • Brinjal
  • Hazelnuts
  • Olive oil
  • Shrimps
  • Tomatoes

Studies reveal that women who included nine components of the Mediterranean diet in their food had a 57% reduced risk of developing uterine cancer. Women who included seven components showed 46% reduced risk and those who followed five components showed 34% less reduced of developing uterine cancer.

However, women who included less than five components did not reduce the risk of uterine cancer in any significant way.

Although the study found a link between Mediterranean diet and uterine cancer, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship between them.

“ While we know that getting older and being overweight both increase a woman’s risk of womb cancer, the idea that a Mediterranean diet could help reduce the risk needs more research” Dr. Julie Sharp, head of health information at Cancer Research UK, said in the press release. “This is partly because this study was based on people remembering what they had eaten in the past.”

“Cancer risk is affected by our age and our genes, but a healthy lifestyle can also play a part in reducing the risk of some cancers” says Sharp. “Not smoking, keeping a healthy weight, being active, eating healthily and cutting down on alcohol helps to stack the odds in your favour.”

 

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