Mediterranean Diet Decreases Vulnerability to Uterine Cancer, Claims Study

Posted on October 16, 2016 by ECR Louisville in Blog

Mediterranean Diet Decreases Vulnerability to Uterine Cancer, Claims Study


A study published in the May 27 issue of the British Journal of Cancer has established positive links between Mediterranean diet and reduced risks of uterine cancer.

Cristina Bosetti of the Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche (IRCCS), Milan, Italy and the study author asserts that adopting a Mediterranean diet might significantly reduce the women’s risk of uterine cancer.

Bosetti stated in a Cancer Research UK news release,” Our research shows the impact a healthy, balanced diet could have on a woman’s risk of developing womb cancer. This adds more weight to our understanding of how our everyday choices, like what we eat and how active we are, affect our risk of cancer”.

Generally, the Mediterranean diet emphasizes eating vegetables, fruits, nuts, cereals, potatoes, fish and monounsaturated fats and decreasing the intake of meat and dairy products. The diet allows for moderate alcohol intake.

The study surveyed more than 5,000 Italian women to analyse their diet and to determine how well they followed the Mediterranean diet. Their diet was matched against nine listed components.

The results revealed an association between adherences to a wholesome Mediterranean diet and reduced uterine cancer risks but it did not establish a cause-and-effect relationship between the two.

It was noted that women who followed seven of the nine components of the Mediterranean diet had a 57% reduced risk of uterine cancer. The women who followed six components of the diet had a 46% reduced risk and those who followed five components had a 34% reduced risk.

However, women who followed less than five components did not have a significantly decrease in risk of uterine cancer.

Julie Sharp, Cancer Research UK’s head of Health information suggested that more research is needed to comprehensively understand the role of a Mediterranean diet as this study was based on people remembering what they had eaten in the past. She advocated adoption of a healthy lifestyle for slashing risks of uterine cancer.

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Submitted by Diana Bretting on Fri, 05/29/2015 – 00:36