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4 Your Health: Cancer's link to gum disease; the Mediterranean diet's for the rich

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Tucson- A new study reveals the Mediterranean diet lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease but not for everyone.

Italian researchers say only the upper class reaps health benefits from the diet, which is high in nuts, grains and fish and low in red meat and dairy. Researchers found wealthier and more educated people ate higher quality foods and a greater variety of fruits and vegetables than less affluent people following the Mediterranean diet.

Gum disease connection to cancer

Gum disease may increase the risk of several types of cancer in older women.

Scientists at State University Of New York At Buffalo, followed over 65,000 post-menopausal women for eight years.

Those with a history of periodontal disease had a 14 percent higher risk of developing cancer. The study also found gum disease was most closely linked to cancers of the esophagus, lung, breast and melanoma.

Experts suggest bacteria may be carried by saliva dental plaque or blood to other parts of the body and as a result, contributes to tumor growth.

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