Nut consumption may lower risk of overall mortality in prostate cancer patients

Nuts such as almonds hazelnuts walnuts etc. proved to lower the risk of prostate cancer death by 34 percent

Nuts such as walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, cashews and almonds may significantly reduce prostate cancer mortality in men, a study has revealed.

The researchers, including lead researcher Ying Bao from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, US., found eating a daily portion of any kind of nut reduced the risk of death by 34 percent but found no prevention from the cancer developing in the first place. However, prostate cancer patients who consumed nuts five or more times a week after being diagnosed with prostate cancer had a significant 34% lower rate of overall mortality than those who consumed nuts less than once per month.

Tree nuts have been associated with improved insulin sensitivity and reduced risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and total mortality, they said.

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed and second most lethal cancer for men in the U.S. With the development of this condition, cells of the body become resistant to the hormone insulin.

"These findings add to the growing body of evidence showing that nuts can and should be part of a healthy diet", said Maureen Ternus from International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation.

"Nuts are dense in nutrients and bioactive compounds that may confer cardio-protective, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties".

Participants in the study were diagnosed with non-metastatic cancer where only 10 percent died of prostate cancer and one-third died from cardiovascular diseases and other causes.




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