HealthTalk: Do high-fat diets lead to cancer?

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Do high-fat diets lead to cancer? Not necessarily. That’s a common concern though: The most recent AICR awareness survey shows that more than 4 in 10 people think that high-fat diets can be a cause of cancer. However, whether your diet is higher or lower in fat, it’s your overall eating choices that matter to reduce your risk of cancer.

Early research on diet and cancer risk did suggest a link to fat consumption, since countries with low fat intake (for example, Japan) had lower rates of cancer than countries (like the U.S.) with higher-fat diets. After further study, when scientists followed people over time and adjusted for other eating and lifestyle choices, differences in cancer risk no longer seemed related to fat consumption.

So what does today’s best science tell us about dietary fat in the big picture of healthy eating choices to help prevent cancer? Read more… “HealthTalk: Do high-fat diets lead to cancer?”

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    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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      HealthTalk: How to eat for heart-health and cancer prevention

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      Q: I’m following a heart-healthy diet. How can I adapt that for cancer prevention?

      A: Eating for heart health and cancer prevention aren’t as different as you may think. We used to think about heart disease and cancer as having separate risk factors, but now we know that just as tobacco increases risk of both, eating and physical activity habits also affect risk of both.

      Research now shows that heart health means much more than cholesterol levels and blood pressure. It involves the whole environment within blood vessels. By avoiding elevated insulin levels and excess inflammation, you can promote heart health and bypass key drivers of cancer development. Read more… “HealthTalk: How to eat for heart-health and cancer prevention”

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