Pancreatic diseases lessened with veges
Eating fruit and vegetables could protect you against pancreatic diseases.
A University of Auckland research team has found people who eat both fruit and vegetables may have the best protection against common pancreatic diseases, while tobacco use, obesity and heavy alcohol consumption are the biggest risk factors.
The research team, led by Dr Max Petrov and Professor John Windsor, carried out an analysis of 51 international studies that included more than 3 million people and nearly 11,000 patients with pancreatic disorders.
The data showed vegetable consumption had a stronger association with protection against acute pancreatitis and fruit consumption with protection against pancreatic cancer, Petrov says.
They also found smokers had an 87 per cent greater risk of acquiring a pancreatic disease compared with those who had never smoked.
Tobacco use and heavy alcohol use were found to have bigger effects on the risk of acute pancreatitis and chronic pancreatitis than on pancreatic cancer.
The 51 studies included in the review came from the United States, Sweden, Japan, Austria, Denmark, Norway and Singapore.
‘‘Unfortunately no quality population-based study came from New Zealand, reflecting a lack of national linkage of health data,’’ Petrov says.
‘‘There is a strong need to invest in a health data linkage system here if risk and protective factors for diseases of the pancreas and other organs are to be unveiled.’’
Pancreatic diseases affect more than 330,000 people each year in the US. Pancreatic cancer is predicted to become the leading cause of cancer deaths by 2050.
Five-a-day: A University of Auckland research team has found that people who eat both fruit and vegetables may have the best protection against common pancreatic diseases.