Consuming Whole Foods Lowers Pancreatic Cancer Risk in Males

One of the underlying principles of my Total Health Program is my belief eating whole foods play an enormous role in your health. That's certainly nothing new as evidenced by something Hippocrates said nearly 2,500 years ago: "Leave your drugs in the chemist's pot if you can heal the patient with food." Unfortunately, this simple statement and smart way of thinking has yet to become a mainstay of American culture, although there's plenty of evidence I've posted on my site that confirms these benefits.

A new Canadian study found a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may prevent pancreatic cancer -- a devastating disease with one of the lowest survival rates because it's rarely caught early. And, one's risk of cancer declines as more fruits and vegetables are eaten.

Scientists compared the health of some 600 pancreatic cancer patients to about 4,800 patients without it from 1994-97. A higher intake of fresh fruit and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower) were associated with a lower risk of pancreatic cancer. In fact, those with the highest fruit and vegetable intakes were about half as likely to develop pancreatic cancer as those with the lowest intakes.

One interesting caveat: Scientists found the protective powers of eating whole foods in relation to pancreatic cancer were restricted to men. A separate study conducted by the same group of Canadian researchers recently found lycopene appeared to be especially protective against pancreatic cancer, but again, only for men.

International Journal of Cancer, Volume 114, Issue 5: 817-823

Yahoo News April 1, 2005

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