Cutting the Risk of Hereditary Cancer By Over Half Through a Pill? What a New Study Reveals

Cutting the Risk of Hereditary Cancer By Over Half Through a Pill? What a New Study Reveals

Despite the fact that for plenty of years already, cancer is no longer synonymous with a death sentence, millions of people die worldwide because of the condition every year. At least a third of common cancers are preventable, so there is plenty of hope. now writes about a new large study published in Cancer Prevention Research. The research indicates that resistant starch might possess an ability to provide help in the prevention of some types of cancer that are hereditary.

More research is still needed

About 1,000 patients suffering from Lynch Syndrome were followed for almost two decades. 

Each person received a pill during the treatment. While one group was given a placebo, the other was treated with resistant starch. The study found that those who took the resistant starch pill had significantly higher chances of not dealing with cancer 20 years later. 

John Mathers, who is a professor of Human Nutrition at Newcastle University, explained, as SciTechDaily quotes:

We found that resistant starch reduces a range of cancers by over 60%. The effect was most obvious in the upper part of the gut,

This is important as cancers of the upper GI tract are difficult to diagnose and often are not caught early on.

He also gave the public an idea about how it all works, as the same source quotes:

Resistant starch is a type of carbohydrate that isn’t digested in your small intestine, instead it ferments in your large intestine, feeding beneficial gut bacteria – it acts in effect, like dietary fiber in your digestive system. This type of starch has several health benefits and fewer calories than regular starch. We think that resistant starch may reduce cancer development by changing the bacterial metabolism of bile acids and to reduce those types of bile acids that can damage our DNA and eventually cause cancer. However, this needs further research.

If you want to put the abilities of resistant starch to the test, it’s good to know that you can find it in plenty of foods: rice, bananas, peas, beans, and more.

Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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