According to a new study, researchers from Harvard medical school, a diet high in fiber can help prevent death from colon cancer, but only in the case that the fiber comes from grain products.
Doctors have long known that eating large amounts of fiber reduces the risk of colorectal cancer, but now experts have discovered that fiber also increases the survival rate for those who have already been diagnosed, even if the diet of patients early was bad. According to the study, every additional 5 g of fiber per day was associated with a 33% reduced risk of developing colorectal cancer and a 22% reduction in the risk of death from all causes. Among those who have already been diagnosed, every additional 5 grams of fiber added to the diet led to 18% reduction in the probability of death from the disease. The use of fiber contained in fruits and vegetables, was not associated with a significant reduction in mortality from colon cancer, but every additional 5 g of fiber per day reduced the risk of death from all causes by 17%.
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Such conclusions were made in the course of study of 1,575 adults who were observed for 8 years. During this period, 773 people died, 174 people have died from tumors of the colon and rectum.