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Gastric cancer risk higher in people who preffer salty diets

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Salt ShakerSouth Korean researchers found that a salty diet may increase the risk of gastric cancer (stomach cancer), after studying more than 2 million adults aged 30 to 80 years old.

During the research 2.2 million South Korean adults provided information on their lifestyle and diet and had health checkups between 1996 and 1997.  Over the course of seven years, 2773 women and 9620 man developed gastric cancer. According to researchers the risk of developing gastric cancer was 10% higher in people who preferred salty diets.

Although it’s unclear how the salt may be involved in the development of gastric cancer, “restricting salt intake is thought to be beneficial for preventing gastric cancer,” according to Jeongseon Kim and colleagues from the National Cancer Center Research Institute in Goyang-si, South Korea.

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