A newly completed study has revealed that men diagnosed with prostate cancer have a greater chance of stopping the cancer from becoming lethal if they consume nuts.
The study was monitored by researchers from Harvard Univesity. It was performed over a period of 26 years. 47,000 men in the United States, from varied backgrounds and ethnicities, were surveyed. 6,800 of the men who were part of the study developed prostate cancer.
The research shows that eating nuts does not prevent men from getting prostate cancer. However, a nut-rich diet proved very effective in stopping the disease from becoming lethal.
The surveyed data revealed that men who eat an ounce serving (approximately 29 grams) of nuts for five times a week are over 34 percent less likely to die from prostate cancer.
Presently, in the United States, one in seven men will develop prostate cancer. According to the statistics, currently, one in 39 men will die from prostate cancer. It is the second leading cause of death for men in the United States, the number one being lung cancer.
Specialists believe that the figures will be slowly and continuously increasing in the future.
Prostate cancer before the age of 40 is very rare. However, the risk of developing prostate cancer later on in a man’s life can be perceived starting at the age of 40. This is done by checking the levels of prostate-specific antigens in a man’s body.
The average age at which men are currently developing prostate cancer is 65. Over 60 percent of men are diagnosed with the cancer at ages ranging between 65 and 66.
Examples of nuts are walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, cashews, and almonds. They are an excellent source of tocopherol, commonly known as Vitamin E. The vitamin when consumed in moderation, is quite helpful for the human body. Among several beneficial properties, it is also a natural antioxidant.
No current evidence from studies or research shows that eating nuts will aid in the prevention of prostate cancer. Surveyed data only indicates that five ounces of nuts per week are enough to prevent prostate cancer from being lethal.
With another study recently confirming that diets based on nuts are an efficient and healthy way to lose weight, specialists are beginning to believe that nuts should be a default component of diets.
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