Strictly adhering to the Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of uterine cancer in women by more than half.
In a study including more than 5,000 women, researchers from Italy’s IRCCS-Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche found that Italian women who followed the diet most closely – by eating between seven and nine of its beneficial food groups daily – lowered their uterine cancer risk by 57 percent.
Even women whose daily diets included six of the diet’s nine components reduced their risk by 46 per cent and those whose diets included five components cut their risk by 34 percent. No benefit was seen for women whose diets included fewer than five components.
As you know, the Mediterranean diet emphasizes eating vegetables, fruits, nuts and legumes, cereals, potatoes, fish and monounsaturated fats, but doesn’t include much meat, milk or other dairy products and only moderate amounts of alcohol.
According to the National Cancer Institute, 54,870 women will develop uterine cancer in 2015, and these cancers represent 3.3 percent of new cases of cancer in the U.S. annually.
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