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Mediterranean Diet rich in fruits and fish may cut the risk of colorectal cancer by 86 per cent

India TV Lifestyle Desk New Delhi 01 Jul 2017, 17:53:22 IST
India TV Lifestyle Desk

Eating a diet rich in fruits and fish, while decreasing the intake of aerated drinks, can help prevent the risk of developing colorectal cancer by up to 86%. A recent study has concluded that.  Colorectal cancer triggers from intestinal polyps and has been associated to low-fibre diet including large quantities on red meat, alcohol and high-calorie foods. 

"We found that each one of these three choices was associated with a little more than 30 per cent reduced odds of a person having an advanced, pre-cancerous colorectal lesion, compared to people who did not eat any of the Mediterranean diet components," said Naomi Fliss Isakov from Tel-Aviv Medical Centre, in Israel. 

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"Among people who made all three healthy choices the benefit was compounded to almost 86 per cent reduced odds," Isakov added.

For the study, presented at the ESMO 19th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer, the team included 808 people who were undergoing screening or diagnostic colonoscopies who were between 40 and 70 years old and had adhered to a Mediterranean diet.

A typical Mediterranean diet was defined as consumption levels above the group median for fruits, vegetables and legumes, nuts and seeds, whole grains, fish and poultry and a high ratio of monounsaturated to saturated fatty acids, as well as consumption below the median of red meat, alcohol, and soft drinks. 

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Consumption of two or three foods which are counted in the Mediterranean diet can cut the risk of colorectal cancer by half, a study has showed. 

(With IANS Inputs) 


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