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My research is mainly focused on the effects of cholesterol, saturated fat and statin drugs on health. If you know anyone who is worried about their cholesterol levels and heart disease, or has been told to take statin drugs you could send them a link to this website, and to my statin or cholesterol or heart disease books.

David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Gluten free diet may be protective against cancer

This study was published in Gut 1989;30:333-338

Study title and authors:
Malignancy in coeliac disease--effect of a gluten free diet.
G K Holmes, P Prior, M R Lane, D Pope, R N Allan
Gastroenterology Unit, General Hospital, Birmingham.

This study can be accessed at:

This study followed 210 celiac patients for 21 years to find the association between a gluten free diet and cancer.

The study found:
(a) Celiac patients who followed a normal diet had a 10 fold increase in cancer rates compared to the general population.
(b) Celiac patients who followed a "off and on" gluten free diet had a 5 fold increase in cancer rates compared to the general population.
(c) The excess cancer was mainly of the mouth, pharynx, oesophagus and white blood cells.
(d) Celiac patients who followed a strict gluten free diet had similar cancer rates as the general population.

Holmes concludes the results of the study are suggestive of a protective role for a gluten free diet   against cancer.

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