Is a High-Quality Diet Associated with a Lower Risk for Pancreatic Cancer?

logo1267406_mdA new study published in a recent issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute concluded that people who reported a dietary intake consistent with the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans had a lower risk of pancreatic cancer. Researchers studied how closely the diet of 537,218 participants between age 50 and 71 matched the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans as measured by the Healthy Eating Index (HEI-2005)  They then compared their risk of pancreatic cancer by evaluating the group with high and low scores. on the HEI-2005 and taking into account other known pancreatic cancer factors.

There were 2,383 new cases of pancreatic cancer among the study participants. There was a 15% lower risk of pancreatic cancer am0ng participants with the highest HEI-2005 score compared to those with the lowest score. The association was stronger among overweight or obese men compared to men of normal weight, but there was no difference for normal verses overweight or obese women. The authors cautioned that some health factors for pancreatic cancer may not have been controlled and might account for some of the observed differences. More research is needed. —

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