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A new study has come up with a bleak revelation that on an average, cancer survivors do not follow a healthy diet. In comparison to overall population, they eat less nutritious diet having less fiber and more number of calories.
In the study, Fang Fang Zhang, an epidemiologist at Tufts University along with her colleagues carried out a comparative analysis of 1,533 cancer survivors and 3,075 individuals who never had cancer. The study researchers included factors like age, sex, race and ethnicity.
Using the Healthy Eating Index, the researchers have tried to find out the quality level of the participants’ diet. Participants’ score ranged from zeros, which means zero adherence level, to 100, complete adherence.
After conducting the analysis, the researchers came to know that cancer survivors received low scores on the index (47.2) in comparison to those in the non-cancer group (48.3). The researchers also noted that cancer survivors consumed less fiber than people who did not have cancer and it was also found that cancer survivors ate more calories, meaning more refined sugars and fat.
Though difference between both the groups is less, the study findings want to bring the matter into the notice of doctors, so they can have a detailed discussion about nutrition. It is important for the cancer survivors to follow healthy diet plan as they are at an increased risk of chronic health problems. Even a small change can have a significant impact on this section of population.