One-third of Americans with prediabetes, new report. That also means higher risk for cancer.

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More than a third of American adults are now living with prediabetes – with the majority unaware they have the condition – according to a new government report that can offer fresh motivation for millions to not only lower their risk of developing diabetes, but also of cancer.

Along with a host of serious complications, having type 2 diabetes increases the risk of many cancers. Adults with diabetes have about twice the risk of developing cancers of the liver, pancreas and endometrium. There’s a clear but smaller increase in risk for colon and post-menopausal breast cancers.

The two diseases – diabetes and cancer – share several key risk factors, including obesity and lack of physical activity. Read more… “One-third of Americans with prediabetes, new report. That also means higher risk for cancer.”

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    Eating breakfast and small dinner, not snacking, helps weight loss says new study

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    The evidence is not clear on how – or even whether – snacking, breakfast eating or meal size links to weight. A large study adds new data to this body of research suggesting that fewer daily meals and snacks can help prevent weight gain, at least for this healthy group. For cancer prevention, staying a healthy weight is key to reducing risk for many common cancers like endometrial, postmenopausal breast and colorectal.

    The authors analyzed data from the Adventist Health Study that includes over 50,000 North American adults. At the beginning of the study, participants reported their height and weight, as well as health habits like exercise, sleep and television watching. They also reported their eating habits via 24 hour recalls and a food frequency questionnaire.

    The participants – members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church – tend to be more health-conscious, nonsmokers, mostly nondrinkers and eat less meat than most Americans.

    Researchers used this data to determine how many meals – including snacks and breakfast – participants ate, and which meals were typically largest. They calculated  participants’ weight changes by comparing Body Mass Index (BMI) at the beginning and end of the study.

    An average of 7 years later, the study found:

    • For participants eating 1 or 2 meals a day, their BMI decreased in comparison to those eating 3 meals per day.

    Read more… “Eating breakfast and small dinner, not snacking, helps weight loss says new study”

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      In mouse study, tomatoes lower skin cancer risk. But you need sunscreen.

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      A new study finds that adding tomato powder to the daily diet of mice reduces the development of skin cancer tumors in males. The study was published in the journal Scientific Reports.

      While the study offers new clues to tomatoes, diet and skin cancer risk, it’s not suggesting you put aside sunscreen for a tomato.

      AICR’s most recent review of the global evidence on skin cancer found no strong evidence that diet links to this cancer. Getting too much sun – those ultraviolet (UV) rays – is the cause of most skin cancers so the way to lower your risk is by protecting yourself from UV damage with sunscreen and limiting your time in the sun. Read more… “In mouse study, tomatoes lower skin cancer risk. But you need sunscreen.”

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