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Fatty fish for kidneys.

Salmon, herring, sardines, mackerel, and other fatty fish may help protect against kidney cancer.

Researchers tracked more than 36,000 Swedish women for 15 years. Those who reported eating fatty fish at least once a week both at the beginning of the study and 10 years later had a 74 percent lower risk of kidney cancer than those who said they ate no fatty fish.

The researchers found no protection from lean seafood like cod, tuna, shrimp, and lobster.

What to do: This study offers another reason to eat more fatty fish. The American Heart Association already recommends eating at least two servings of fish--preferably fatty--each week to reduce the risk of heart disease. Researchers suggest that either the omega-3 fats or the vitamin D in fatty fish may protect against cancer.

J Am. Med. Assoc. 296: 1371, 2006.
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Title Annotation:QUICK STUDIES
Publication:Nutrition Action Healthletter
Date:Dec 1, 2006
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