Yesterday at our research conference, one popular session focused on bone health for cancer survivors. More than 40 million adults in the US have or are at high risk for osteoporosis, a bone weakening disease.
Often due to some cancer therapies, survivors are at higher risk for bone loss and osteoporosis than the general population.
Breast and prostate cancer treatments may cause low estrogen or androgen levels, two hormones important for strong bones.
Between sessions, I talked with several oncology dietitians about how they work with survivors on bone health in their centers and clinics. While not unanimous, most RDs said their patients are very aware of their increased risk for bone loss and receive DEXA screening — a test for bone mineral density — and treatment, including diet and lifestyle prescriptions as well as appropriate medications. Continue reading
Last month I spoke on obesity and cancer prevention at a conference focused on medical innovations. The attendees were highly educated leaders – executives, investors, clinicians and entrepreneurs – deeply involved in all aspects of the healthcare and medical field.
So I was surprised – whenever I explained my topic – at the many times I heard: “I didn’t realize there’s a link between obesity and cancer.” I had expected these medical leaders and innovators to know about the obesity-cancer link. We know overweight and obesity is a cause of 117,000 cases of cancer every year in the U.S. But this lack of awareness is not unusual.
AICR’s most recent cancer risk awareness survey found that fewer than half of Americans know about that link. The survey participants identified pesticide residue on produce and cancer genes as causes of cancer far more often than obesity. Yet, obesity is second only to smoking as the most important risk for cancer in the U.S. Continue reading
On this TV news clip today, you’ll hear me talk about foods many Americans may think are healthy, but actually come up short nutritionally. Knowing what foods to avoid isn’t enough though – what about foods that Americans are overlooking that actually pump up our health?
Here are my top 5 picks for underused and easy healthy foods that can fit into your cancer-fighting diet:
Sweet potatoes. Although we’re eating more sweet potatoes now than 10 years ago, Americans still only eat 1½ medium sweet potatoes per month on average. One medium sweet potato stays light at only 100 calories and is packed with fiber, vitamins A and C, potassium and magnesium.
- You can: Simply microwave or bake whole. Get creative and add a roasted slice to sandwiches. Or impress your friends with baked sweet potato fries.
Milk. Americans drink a lot of sugary beverages, but less and less milk overall. Pour yourself a cup of lowfat milk for a quick snack that provides protein, calcium, vitamin D (fortified), potassium and riboflavin. There’s no prep and just one cup to wash.
- You can: Heat and add to coffee for Café au Lait; Blend with bananas, strawberries and ice for a easy morning smoothie. Continue reading