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Fruits can curb uterine cancer

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | KANIZA GARARI
Published Dec 25, 2017, 7:00 am IST
Updated Dec 25, 2017, 7:00 am IST
Representational image (Photo: Pixabay)
 Representational image (Photo: Pixabay)

Hyderabad: High fruit and vegetable intake has a protective effect and prevents endometrial cancer, according to a research published in BioMed Central Cancer. 

The study found that apart from the risk factors like genetics, diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome and obesity, diet plays a major role in affecting the endometrial lining.

Scientific studies have examined the intake of fruits and vegetables vis-a-vis meat and marinated foods. 

The inflammatory index in the body after the consumption of food was studied over a period of time to assess the effect on the endometrial lining. The study had more than 500 women in the age group of 40 to 74 years. 

The inflammatory index was calculated based on the consumption of fats, legumes, cereals, fruits and vegetables. Consumption of milk, meat and dairy products were also accounted for. 

A group of women, who were into tobacco consumption, was also evaluated. 

 Dr Geeta N, a senior oncologist, said, “Incidence of endometrial cancer is presently linked to genetics and PCOS in India. But we are seeing a major lifestyle change where processed foods are taken in large quantity.” 

“While the numbers are low currently, the next decade can see a rise. This makes it important to ensure that fruits and vegetables must be a part of our daily intake,” the doctor added.

The nutrient value and absorption powers are better in both these foods and for this reason it functions as a protective shield by not allowing the inflammation in the lining.  Researchers found that the risk was reduced by 50 per cent.

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