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    Diet and the risk of colorectal cancer

    Researchers at Simmons College, in Boston compared the Alternate Mediterranean Diet (aMed) and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet in middle-aged adults.

    First, the details.

    • 87,256 adult women and 45,490 adult men without a history of cancer were followed up to 26 years.
    • The aMed and DASH scores were calculated for each participant by using dietary information that was assessed up to 9 times during follow-up.
      • The aMed diet score includes only whole grains, separates fruit and nuts into 2 groups, eliminated dairy products, deducts points only for red and processed meats, and allows equal amounts of alcohol for men and women.
    • Relative risks for colorectal cancer were computed and adjusted for potential confounding factors.

    And, the results.

    • There were 1432 cases of colorectal cancer among women and 1032 cases in men.
    • Comparing the highest intake to lowest intake of the DASH diet, there was a significant increased risk of colorectal cancer and colon cancer, with the lowest intake.
    • There was no association with rectal cancer when comparing highest to lowest DASH intake.
    • No association was observed with the aMed score.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Adherence to the DASH diet (which involves higher intakes of whole grains, fruit, and vegetables; moderate amounts of low-fat dairy; and lower amounts of red or processed meats, desserts, and sweetened beverages) was associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer.”

    That’s good news.

    More about the DASH diet is here.

    11/21/10 18:36 JR

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