Previous studies have been divided on whether diet, and especially high levels of fat, can increase the likelihood of developing the disease, but this new study which followed the eating habits of more than 500,000 people, provides strong evidence of a link.
Scientists found that men who ate a high-fat diet rich in animal products such as meat and cheese, were 53 per cent more likely to develop the potentially fatal disease over six years. Women were less at risk, although a high-fat diet did increase their chances by 23 per cent.
According to another study presented on April 19 at the 96th Annual Meeting of the American Association for cancer Research, eating a lot of processed meats was linked to increasing the risk of pancreatic cancer.
In that study, researchers investigated the dietary information and pancreatic cancer death rate among 190,545 men and women of various ethnic origins and during a 7-year follow-up, 482 cases of pancreatic cancer were recorded.
On the contrary, a study published in the September, 2005, issue of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention reported that five or more servings of vegetables a day could cut the risk of pancreatic cancer by 50 percent.
These studies provide further evidence that a diet high in meat, especially processed meat, is damaging and detrimental for health. A lot of meat is also contaminated with growth hormones and antibiotics, which is another reason to restrict your intake of it.
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