Eating less fat and more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains may lower the risk of pancreatic cancer if you’re overweight or obese.
For 15 years, scientists tracked roughly 46,200 postmenopausal women in the Women’s Health Initiative who had been randomly assigned to one of two diets, “low fat” or “usual”, for nine years. Among women who were overweight or obese (but not normal weight) when the studied started, the risk of pancreatic cancer was 30 percent lower in those assigned to the low fat diet, which advised them to replace fat in foods with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, than in those who ate their usual diets.
What to do: This kind of study can’t prove that diet can lower the risk of pancreatic cancer. But’s it’s one more reason to eat more fruits and vegetables and to make your grains whole, not refined.
Source: Nutrition Action Health Letter November 2017
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