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Association Between Nut Consumption and Risk of Colorectal Cancer in Women

by Bidita Debnath on May 9, 2015 at 1:06 AM
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Association Between Nut Consumption and Risk of Colorectal Cancer in Women

Nut consumption reduces the colorectal cancer risk in women, reveals a new research.

Researchers looked at the association between nut consumption and risk of colorectal cancer among 75,680 women in the Nurses' Health Study, with no previous history of cancer.

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Women who consumed a one-ounce serving of nuts, including tree nuts (such as almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts), two or more times per week had a 13% lower risk of colorectal cancer compared to those who rarely consumed nuts.

Lead researcher Ying Bao said that while this association was not statistically significant, a possible inverse association was suggested and this has been observed in previous prospective studies as well.
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The current study is the most comprehensive study to date looking at long-term nut consumption and colorectal cancer risk and the one with the longest follow-up of 30 years.

Risk of colorectal cancer is higher among individuals with excess body weight, and type 2 diabetes. Interestingly, women in this study who consumed the most nuts tended to be leaner.

As per Bao, since nuts have been associated with less weight gain and a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, increasing nut consumption may result in reduced risk of developing colorectal cancer.

The study appears in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Source: ANI
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