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Unhealthful Diets Linked to Cancers

Here's a new report linking unhealthful diets and various cancers.

A search of the scientific literature shows that an unhealthy diet "represents 30-35 percent of risk factors that contribute to the onset of cancer in America today" (Maturitas, January 02, 2014). Phenolic compounds found in fruits and vegetables inhibit growth and spread of colon, lung, prostate, liver and breast cancer, so a diet high in these foods lowers cancer risk. The more red meat you eat, the more likely you are to suffer colon cancer. Moderate exercise after breast cancer diagnosis lowers your chance of dying from that disease by up to 40 percent. Sugared drinks and sugar-added foods raise blood sugar to increase cancer risk.

Being overweight markedly increases your chances of dying from all cancers combined (Methods Mol Biol, 2009;472:57-88; 191-215). Obesity raises insulin, insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I, steroids, and male and female hormones that increase cancer risk. Obesity increases risk for cancers of colon-rectum, prostate (especially advanced prostate cancer), breast (in postmenopausal women), endometrium, kidney, esophagus, pancreas, liver, and gallbladder. Obesity is not associated with lung cancer. Reducing your caloric intake by 10 to 40 percent has been shown to reduce cancer risk.

Please read my detailed explanation of the link between sugar and cancer

January 12th, 2014
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About the Author: Gabe Mirkin, MD

Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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