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Friday, 21 June 2019

How the Consumption of Nuts can Help Fight and Prevent Colon Cancer, According to Experts


In today’s world cancer has become one of the most dreaded killers of the human race and modern medicine has yet to put a final solution to its scourge. Among the numerous number of cancers that the health and medical world is saddled with is Colon Cancer. And now scientists and nutritional health experts are of the opinion that nutritional lifestyle may just be the solution to this cancer.

Colon cancer (Photo: Google images)


The colon is that part of your large intestine which lies amid the caecum and the rectum; it extracts moisture from food residues before they are excreted. Experts say when a cancer is developed from the colon or rectum (parts of the large intestine) it is known as bowel cancer or colon cancer.

But what could go wrong as to result into this serious health issue? According to experts, cancer is any malignant growth or tumour caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division; it may spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or the blood stream. Signs and symptoms of colon cancer experts say may include blood in the stool, a change in bowel movements, weight loss, and feeling tired all the time. When patients undergo treatment and are discharged there is always the possibility that the cancer may reoccur if nothing appropriate is done.

A variety of nutritious Nuts (Photo: Google images) 

Going by the outcome of a recent study however, patients who have had colon cancer and have been treated are likely to reduce the possibility of the disease recurring as well as dying from it if they are regularly consuming nuts.
The research which was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, did an assessment based on information gathered from about 826 patients who have stage 3 colon cancer, and were followed for a median of 6.5 years following treatment with surgery and chemotherapy.
 
Judging from their investigations, the study team was able to discover that participants who consumed at least 2 servings of nuts each week had a 42% improvement in disease-free survival as well as a 57% improvement in overall survival. Furthermore, disease-free survival was discovered to have risen by 46% in the case of those who ate tree nuts, like almonds, cashews, and walnuts, instead of peanuts.

Meanwhile the scientists are still not quite sure of the reason for this outcome regarding the consumption of nuts and its benefits. But they have acknowledged that their discoveries are in agreement with previous studies whereby actions that were said to decrease insulin resistance – as eating nuts has been revealed to demonstrate, were associated with the improvements seen in colon cancer patients.

Prevent Cancer in the colon and rectum (Photo: Google images)


In a remark the lead author, Temidayo Fadelu, MD of
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston - USA said, “These findings are in keeping with (those from) several other observational studies that indicate that a slew of healthy behaviours, including increased physical activity, keeping a healthy weight, and lower intake of sugar and sweetened beverages, improve colon cancer outcomes.”
The consumption of nuts has been associated with many health benefits, like a reduced risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Now, new discoveries as well coming from South Korea submit that a diet rich in nuts may also reduce a person's risk of contracting colon cancer.
The scientists establish that there is a reduction in this risk for both men and women, from their study which was presented at the American Association for Cancer Research's annual meeting.
Consuming a serving of nuts three or more times in seven days seemed to have a big effect on risk, said Dr. Aesun Shin who is an associate professor of preventive medicine at Seoul National University College of Medicine in South Korea. He is also a member of the research team.
                                     
In all of these, scientists conclude that some of the compounds inherent in the different nuts (almonds, peanuts, cashew nuts, wall nuts, etc.), such as fibre and antioxidants, will likely aid in the reduction of a person's risk of colon cancer.
In the words of Dr. Fadelu concerning his team’s study of which he is the lead author, “The results highlight the importance of emphasising dietary and lifestyle factors in colon cancer survivorship.” 
The finding by the research team at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is the latest to suggest a health benefit from nut consumption.

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