A Nutty Help For Colon Cancer Recurrence

Tree nuts reducing the risk of colon cancer recurrence sounds … well … nuts! But a study by the Dana Farber Cancer Institute has found just that. In a group of 826 patients with stage III colon cancer, the study showed that the patients who consumed 2 ounces of tree nuts each week decreased their risk of colon cancer recurrence by 46% and decreased their risk of death by 53%. Of course, one study does not resolve an issue and more research is needed.

Is it worth adding tree nuts to your regular diet if you have had or currently suffer from colon cancer? Cautiously, the answer just may be yes. Nutritionists have been excited about the benefits of tree nuts as part of an overall healthy lifestyle. Tree nuts include cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, and almonds, all of which have been shown to lower rates of obesity and diabetes as well. Obesity and diabetes are also risk factors for a variety of cancers, heart disease, and a host of other infirmities. Please note that peanuts are not listed, peanuts are actually in the legume family and are technically not a nut.

Diet and exercise are commonly cited as ways to increase lifespan and prevent recurrence for people who have suffered from cancer. Tree nuts should not replace other forms of cancer treatment such as chemotherapy, but rather added as a part of a healthy diet. The doctors at Vanguard Gastro are available to talk with you about cancer prevention, screenings, and how to get your weight under control once and for all. Make an appointment today at one of our many convenient locations, and start going nuts!