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Latest Study Finds Mediterranean Diet Capable Of Reducing Colorectal Cancer Risk By 86%

Recent searches find colorectal cancer can be controlled by Mediterranean Diet. What is Mediterranean Diet and how it is useful.

It’s no secret that diet plays a key role in keeping our bodies chugging ahead full steam. In fact, most diseases, including cancer, are influenced by our diet in some way or the other, even if diet is not directly responsible for the same. Now, a new study carried out by Tel-Aviv Medical Centre, in Israel, focuses on the benefits of a Mediterranean diet, and claims that those who consume this diet, over a period of time, are at a lower risk of contracting colorectal cancer.

What is colorectal cancer?

Colorectal cancer is a type of cancer where polyps develop in the intestine, and is a case of a lump or tumour being found in the colon or rectum. According to the World Health Organization, it is the second most common cancer diagnosed globally. People over the age of 50 are at greater risk, as are those who have a sedentary lifestyle, poor eating habits, and a family history of this cancer. Those who consume a diet that is high in red meat, alcohol, and other fatty foods are at higher risk than those who are generally healthy. Men are also more likely to get this type of cancer than women, but quick, early screening and treatment goes a long way in catching the disease early.

The basics of a Mediterranean diet

The benefits of a Mediterranean diet have been touted for years, but it is only recently that researchers have linked the consumption of this diet to a lowered risk of developing colorectal cancer. A diet high in fruits, vegetables, lentils, nuts, olive oil, and fish, as preferred by the people in the Mediterranean region, is a recipe for good health. According to a study carried out in 2013, people who ate a Mediterranean diet had more than 30 per cent lesser risk of contracting several diseases linked to the heart, and even cancer. Pastas and breads, less meat, and a focus on fruits further helps maintain good health.

Highlights of the study

The study was carried out after surveying over 800 people who were undergoing colonoscopies and the like, by administering a food questionnaire to them. Most of those interviewed were between the ages of 40 and 70, and the results showed that those who had a Mediterranean-rich diet were much better off than those who ate other foods. In addition to eating fresh fruits and vegetables, those who reduced their intake of soft drinks also stood to benefit greatly, states the study. The study also noted that the addition of just 1 or 2 components of the Mediterranean diet could go a long way in ensuring a reduced risk of colorectal cancer. The findings of the study were presented at the ESMO 19th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer.

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