A carb-rich diet intake may increase risk of cancer recurrence

“Although in this study we found that higher total carbohydrate and total sugar were associated with higher mortality in head and neck cancer patients, because of the study design we can’t say that there’s a definitive cause-effect relationship,” said Arthur.

“The next step would be to conduct a randomized clinical trial to test whether carbohydrate restriction has a protective effect on survival rates,” she said.

Consuming a moderate amount – about 67 grams – of various forms of fat and starchy foods daily after cancer treatment appeared to provide some beneficial effects, lowering participants’ risks of mortality and cancer recurrence.

“Our results, along with the findings of other studies, suggest that diet composition can affect cancer outcomes,” said Amy M Goss, a professor at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

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