Recognized for having many benefits, the Mediterranean diet would be a great ally for people with skin cancer, according to a new study.
It is well known, good and better health depends on a good diet and a recent study has once again proven it. According to its conclusions, relayed by the Daily mail, a diet rich in healthy fats could help fight cancer. This so-called “Mediterranean” diet emphasizes olive oil, nuts and fish as well as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. It has been linked to a host of health benefits, including cardiovascular disease, and a longer lifespan.
In this study, researchers showed that it could also increase the effectiveness of immunotherapy in patients with skin cancer. Specifically, people who followed the diet and received the drugs were more likely to survive after 12 months, especially those with melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. Their cancer was also much less likely to spread. “Our study supports the role of dietary strategies in improving patient outcomes and survival,” said dietitian Laura Bolte.
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Fewer side effects
The study also found that whole grains and legumes in particular reduced the likelihood of suffering side effects from immunotherapy drugs, such as colitis, an inflammation of the colon. According to Santé Publique France, approximately 80,000 skin cancers are diagnosed each year in France.
As a reminder, consuming more fruit and fish and fewer sugary drinks and snacks are the most important aspects of a Mediterranean diet. The focus is on fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fish and meat as well as monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil. At the same time, it is necessary to consume less saturated fats such as butter, less red meat, processed foods such as juice and white bread, but also less sugar.
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