This is the first study to measure the association between pancreatic cancer risk and nut consumption. Pistachios were among the tree nuts included in the study.
More than 75,600 women were followed in the Nurses’ Health Study. It shows that those who consumed a 28g serving of nuts two or more times per week significantly reduced their risk of developing pancreatic cancer, the fourth most common cause for cancer-related deaths in the US.
In addition to pistachios, the nuts consumed by the women in the study included almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts and walnuts.
Documentation began in 1980, with follow-up every four years through 2010. The study also showed that women with more frequent nut consumption were generally leaner, more likely to exercise and less likely to smoke. Earlier studies have linked tree nut consumption to a reduced risk for diabetes.
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