Stunning discovery: A simple way to slash your risk of dying from cancer

Stunning discovery: A simple way to slash your risk of dying from cancer

There's one surprisingly simple way to dramatically reduce your risk of prostate cancer mortality.

A surprising new study has found a rather unusual food that could quite significantly lower your risk of dying from prostate cancer.

Scientists have found that while eating tree nuts — almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts — five or more times per week don’t reduce the risk of getting prostate cancer, they are associated with a 34 percent lower risk of mortality from prostate cancer than those who consumed nuts less than once per month, according to a Motion PR statement summarizing a study published int he British Journal of Cancer.

Scientists studied prostate cancer risk and mortality in more than 47,000 men in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. The lead researcher, Ying Bao of the Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, called the findings “important.” Prostate cancer is the most lethal form of cancer for men in the United States.

The fight against prostate cancer is getting more and more successful. Out of 4,436 men who had been diagnosed with non-metastatic prostate cancer during the 26 years of follow up, just 10 percent died from prostate cancer, whereas a third died from cardiovascular disease and the rest from other causes. This new research provides a new line of inquiry to further understand the disease and possibly lead to new treatments.

“These findings add to the growing body of evidence showing that nuts can and should be part of a healthy diet,” states Maureen Ternus, M.S., R.D., Executive Director of the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation (INC NREF). “During the summer months especially, tree nuts are a great, portable snack to take to the beach, on a hike, or camping,” adds Ternus. “Just 1.5 ounces of nuts per day (about 1/3 cup) can have a positive impact on health.”

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