Folate Diet Reduces Colorectal Cancer Risk

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Folate diet beneficial in cancer prevention

The latest study on folate diets has shown that intake of folate diet can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. The study was conducted under the leadership of Victoria Stevens, who is the strategic director of lab services for American Cancer Society. A massive study that encompassed more than 99,500 case studies brought forth this conclusion. The study was conducted as part of the Cancer Prevention Study II Nutrition Cohort. The study has been in progress since 1999, when participants were put through folate diet.

Study conducted for folate diet effect on colorectal cancer

Out of the total 99,523 volunteers in the study who were put through a folate diet, 1023 were diagnosed with the cancer in question. The study began in 1999. During the period of 1999-2001, not much difference was noticed in the participants with regard to reduction in cancer risk after being put on a folate diet. When folate intake was increased after the initial two years and health was studied between 2002 and 2007, the risks were found to be considerably reduced. The intake of high folate diet was associated with the diminished risk of cancer, even while considering different lifestyle changes in the participants.

Researchers say that study is reassuring

The lead researcher of the study, Victoria Stevens, said that the results of the study are reassuring since other studies in the recent years were suggestive of the fact that high folate in fact increases the risk of cancer. Studies had gone on to suggest that when folate supplements were taken in high levels, people were exposed to high levels of risk of some kinds of cancers.

Team shall take up study on high cancer risk population

Stevens further suggested that the fact about the affect of folate on cancer can still be contradicted since a study found folate to have no affect on cancer recurrence. In populations that are exposed to high risk of cancer, folate might not have a very significant effect on cancer risk reduction. Stevens and her team will now take up study of folate effect on high cancer risk population.

Folate diet fights several kinds of cancers

While the study has suggested that folate does have a positive effect on reducing the risk of colorectal cancer, previous studies have shown that a rich folate diet reduces the risk of colon cancer and prostate cancer. Folate fortifies diet can enhance health and keep people safe from different types of cancers.