HealthTalk: A healthy weight, metabolic syndrome and cancer risk

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Q: I’m a healthy weight, so do I still need to think about lifestyle to lower my cancer risk?

A: Yes! Overweight is a sign of increased cancer risk, but it doesn’t tell the whole story.

Overweight and obesity are now linked to at least 11 cancers. Studies suggest that this link reflects influences of chronic inflammation and elevated levels of hormones involved in metabolic processes, like insulin. But you can be a normal weight and still have the metabolic issues associated with obesity. Read more… “HealthTalk: A healthy weight, metabolic syndrome and cancer risk”

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    AICR Opposes Proposed Cuts to Science, Cancer Prevention Research

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    Health and science research face massive cuts in last week’s proposed White House budget that — if enacted — would set back research on cancer prevention and ultimately cost lives, says the American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR).

    The proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 slashes the National Institutes of Health funding by 5.8 billion dollars, approximately 19 percent. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is part of the National Institutes of Health.

    While the proposed budget does not give details on what will be eliminated, AICR stands against any cuts that will slow and possibly irrevocably setback the progress in improving cancer prevention and survivorship.

    In 2017, there will be an estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases. Over 600,920 people living in the United States will die from this disease. Research over the past few decades has led to a greater understanding of what drives cancer development and what protects us. Only through analyzing the global research has AICR’s network found many ways in which diet, weight management and physical activity lowers people’s cancer risk.

    Research now shows that hundreds of thousands of US cancer cases can be prevented every year. At a time when the field has come so far, there is an urgent need to continue this research. Only through more study can individuals – and the country – prevent much of the cost, loss and suffering that cancer brings.

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      Study, That Nutrient Claim on Your Snack Food May Lead You to Buy the Less Healthy Choice

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      It’s no secret that marketing affects the foods we choose, including which foods we think of as more nutritious. Back in 2013, AICR wrote about how the so-called “health halo” effect can make people think organic cookies are lower in calories and all-around healthier than the exact same cookies not labeled organic.

      A new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics finds that this effect may extend to claims about foods with added vitamins and minerals.

      For this study, researchers surveyed over 5,000 people who were selected based on age, sex, race, ethnicity, and education to mirror the U.S. population.

      Each participant who took the online survey was randomly assigned to view one package of vegetable and one package of potato chips. Chip packages varied in their health claims and in the amount of key nutrients they contained. Read more… “Study, That Nutrient Claim on Your Snack Food May Lead You to Buy the Less Healthy Choice”

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