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Nuts and Pancreatic Cancer

Eating two oz. of nuts per week reduced the risk of pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer has a 5-year survival rate of only 6%. A 30 year follow-up of more than 75,000 women in the Nurses' Health Study found women who ate 2 or more servings (2 oz. or 56 g) of nuts per week experienced a 35% lower risk of pancreatic cancer, compared to those who ate few nuts. This finding was independent of risk factors such as diabetes, BMI and smoking.

PositiveTip; Enjoy the benefits of moderate nut consumption--it might reduce your risk of pancreatic cancer.

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Fruit Fiber and Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer risk is lower in those consuming generous amounts of dietary fiber.

People who eat more fiber, especially fiber from fruits, experience significantly lower risk of pancreatic cancer, according to Italian research. Those with the highest total fiber intake had a 40% lower risk than those with the lowest intake. However, grain fibers were not linked to any apparent benefit. The authors suggested several possible mechanisms for these findings, including the possibility that dietary fiber is an indicator of an overall healthier lifestyle.

PositiveTip: Diets rich in dietary fiber, especially from fruits and vegetables, provide many benefits. 

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Sugar-laden Sodas Associated with Pancreatic Cancer

Consumption of two or more sodas per week increased risk of pancreatic cancer by 87%.

The Singapore Chinese Health Study followed 60,524 adults for up to 14 years to examine the possible link between deadly pancreatic cancer and sugar-laden soda consumption. Persons consuming two or more soft drinks per week were 87% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer compared to those who did not drink soft drinks. These results were adjusted for known confounders such as smoking. No statistically significant association was found between fruit juice consumption and pancreatic cancer.

PositiveTip: Soft drinks contribute nothing but calories to our diet--and may pose some serious risks such as a deadly cancer. Water still remains the liquid of choice for robust health!