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Nuts linked with lower pancreatic cancer risk

Posted: 11/10/2013 10:38 am EST

“Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School found an association between nut consumption and decreased risk of pancreatic cancer in women. Specifically, eating a one-ounce serving of nuts at least twice a week was associated with a lower risk of pancreatic cancer; the "reduction in risk was independent of established or suspected risk factors for pancreatic cancer including age, height, obesity, physical activity, smoking, diabetes and dietary factors," study researcher Ying Bao, M.D., Sc.D., from the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, said in a statement.… The study is based on data from 75,680 women … Researchers analyzed their nut consumption, including tree nuts such as hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, walnuts, cashews, pistachios and almonds. In addition to the decreased cancer risk, nut-eaters also tended to weigh less than the non-nut-eaters, researchers found. Tree nut consumption has also been associated with decreased risks for heart disease, metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes….”  

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