Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Plant-sourced food, vitamin intake associated with lower risk of endometrial cancer

A report published in the April 15, 2007 issue of the International Journal of Cancer described the finding of a study funded by the National Cancer Institute that a greater intake of calories, attributable to a higher proportion of animal-sourced protein and fat, is associated with an increased risk of endometrial (uterine) cancer, and plant sources of these nutrients as well as vitamins A, C and E, beta-carotene, fiber and vitamin supplements are associated with a decreased risk.
Researchers in China and at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee compared 1,454 Chinese women with newly diagnosed endometrial cancer to 1,212 age-matched women without the disease. Questionnaires completed by the participants provided demographic information, health history and data on macronutrient (protein, fat, carbohydrate, fiber) and micronutrient (vitamin) intake, including the use of vitamin supplements. Read more...

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