The Mediterranean diet is one of the most popular around the world and also one of the healthiest and according to a new study, it could help save lives. Researchers say that if you follow this diet you can reduce the risk of endometrial cancer by more than 50 percent. Endometrial cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the uterus and is the third most common cause of death from women’s cancers, behind ovarian and cervical cancer. It is even more common in developed countries with high rates of obesity.
The study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, states that a mixture of foods with lots of antioxidants, fibers, phytochemicals and unsaturated fatty acids could be very beneficial against one of the most common cancers in the United States. “Our research shows the impact a healthy balanced diet could have on a woman’s risk of developing womb cancer,” states lead author Dr. Cristina Bosetti, from the IRCCS-Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche in Italy. “This adds more weight to our understanding of how our everyday choices, like what we eat and how active we are, affect our risk of cancer.”
This is not the only study conducted in recent months that proves the Mediterranean diet can be very helpful. The diet can also be good for the opposite gender, at the end of 2014, several studies were published stating that the diet can make you age slower and even reduce the risk of chronic kidney disease.
Just a few days ago, Medical News Today also revealed in a study that following this type of diet with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil or nuts improved cognitive function in older adults. This was also proven by JAMA Internal Medicine, who had participants that consumed a control diet or a Mediterranean diet supplemented with either olive oil or nuts over a four year period.
For the interesting and helpful study, researchers analyzed the diets of more than 5,000 women from various areas in Italy and Switzerland, obtaining data from three other previous studies done between 1983 and 2006. Of the women and diets studied in the past, 1,411 of them confirmed they had endometrical cancer, and their diets were compared with patients having an illness of short duration.
The researchers followed the diets of these participants closely by separating the diet into nine different parts and keeping data on what they consumed each day: high intake of fruits and nuts, high intake of legumes, high intake of vegetables, high intake of cereals and potatoes, low intake of dairy products, low intake of meat, moderate intake of alcohol, high intake of fish, and high intake of monounsaturated fats compared to saturated fatty acids.
They found that the women following the diet closely, regularly consuming around seven and nine of the things mentioned above, reduced the risk of having this type of cancer by 57 percent. Those who consumed six reduced it by 46 percent and those with five by 34 percent. The ones with less than five did not reduce the risk at all.
Dr. Julie Sharp, the head of health information for Cancer Research UK, added to the study by saying “Not smoking, keeping a healthy weight, being active, eating healthily and cutting down on alcohol helps to stack the odds in your favor”.