like dark chocolate, which are high in magnesium, can dramatically reduce the
risk of developing pancreatic cancer, says a new study published in the British
Journal of Cancer.
at Indiana University suggest people eat foods rich in magnesium
- or take supplements - to help fend off cancer.
‘Every 100-milligrams-per-day decrease in magnesium intake is associated with a 24% increase in the occurrence of pancreatic cancer. This study suggests people eat foods rich in magnesium or take supplements.’
arises when cells in the pancreas
begin to multiply out of control and form a mass. These cancer cells have the
ability to get into other parts of the body. The most common type of pancreatic
cancer known as pancreatic adenocarcinoma accounts for about 85% of cases.
These adenocarcinomas start on the part of the pancreas that make digestive
to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, United States, pancreatic cancer is one of
the deadliest cancers with a five-year relative survival rate of just 6
percent. The organization adds that about 73% of the patients will die in the
first year of diagnosis.
"Pancreatic cancer is really unique and
different from other cancers. The five-year survival rate is really low, so
that makes prevention and identifying risk factors or predictors associated
with pancreatic cancer very important," said study co-author Dr. Ka He, of
the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington.
studies have shown that magnesium intake is
linked to the risk of diabetes
. Diabetes is known to be a risk factor
for pancreatic cancer. And still, not many studies have explored the role of
magnesium in pancreatic cancer.
study involved more than 66,000 men and women between the ages of 50 to 76.
Researchers analyzed the direct link between magnesium and pancreatic cancer.
The aim was to determine if gender, body mass
, age, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug use and magnesium
supplementation played a role.
the total participants, many as 151 people developed pancreatic cancer. The
study found that every 100-milligrams-per-day decrease in magnesium intake was
associated with a 24% increase in the occurrence of cancer.
They also confirmed that the effects of
magnesium on pancreatic cancer weren't affected by age, gender, body mass index
or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug use.
they found taking magnesium supplements (from a multivitamin, or individual
supplement) played a role in modifying pancreatic cancer.
leader Daniel Dibaba, a Ph.D. student at the University, said: "For those
at a higher risk of pancreatic cancer, adding a magnesium supplement to their
diet may prove beneficial in preventing the disease. While more study is
needed, the general population should strive to get the daily recommendations
of magnesium through diets, such as dark, leafy greens or nuts, to prevent any
risk of pancreatic cancer."
A Word of Caution
studies in the past have shown the health benefits of dark chocolate
. However, health experts say that more research is
needed before you start overindulging on this treat. Chocolate
contains large amounts of butter,
sugar, and cream, which can break your diet. If you rely on the occasional
piece of chocolate to satisfy a craving or to get these health benefits, that's
fine. Consuming too much can have adverse health effects.
One bar of milk chocolate that has 44
grams contains 235 calories, 13 grams of fat, and 221 grams of sugar. Dark
chocolate of 28.35 grams contains 156 calories, 9 grams of fat, five from
saturated fat, and 13 grams of sugar.
fat elevates blood cholesterol and puts you at risk
of heart problems
and stroke. According to the American Heart
Association, the added sugar in chocolate has no nutritional value, which can
cause heart disease and weight gain
. If you're
going to indulge in chocolate, cut out other treats on that day or walk an
additional 30 minutes to counteract the extra calories you're getting.