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Eating nuts can reduce the risk of death from prostate cancer

According to a new study, eating nuts such as almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pistachios and walnuts can cut the risk of death in men suffering from prostate cancer.

health and fitness Updated: Jun 17, 2016 13:52 IST
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People who consume nuts five or more times in a week have a 34% decreased risk of mortality due to prostate cancer in comparison to those who consume nuts less than once per month, finds a new study.(Shutterstock)

According to a new study, eating nuts such as almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pistachios and walnuts can cut the risk of death in men suffering from prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed and second most lethal cancer for men.

“Prostate cancer should be considered seriously as more men are prone to such diseases,” said lead researcher Ying Bao from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, US.

The findings showed that people who consume nuts five or more times in a week had a 34% decreased risk of mortality due to prostate cancer in comparison to those who consumed nuts less than once per month.

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“Just 1.5 ounces of nuts per day (about 1/3 cup) can have a positive impact on health,” added Maureen Ternus, Executive Director at the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation — a US based non-profit organisation.

‘Insulin resistance’, a condition in which the cells of the body become resistant to the hormone insulin, is involved in prostate cancer risk and progression.

Tree nuts have also been associated with improved insulin sensitivity and reduced risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, thereby lowering the total mortality factor.

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In addition, nuts contain important nutrients such as unsaturated fats, high quality protein, vitamins, minerals and phyto-chemicals, all of which offer cardio-protective, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, the researchers said.

For the study, published online in the British Journal of Cancer, the team evaluated 47,299 men, for an overall period of 26 years.

The participants were diagnosed with non-metastatic cancer. Only 10% of them died from prostate cancer. Around one-third died from cardiovascular disease and other causes.

“These findings add to the growing body of evidence showing that nuts should be part of a healthy diet,” Ternus noted.

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