High Doses of B Supplements Increase Lung Cancer Risk in Men

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A new study out this week suggests that men who take high amounts of vitamin B6 or B12 supplements for a long period of time may increase their lung cancer risk about two-fold compared to men who don’t take these supplements. Risk increases even more among men who smoke.

The study was published today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. It adds to a body of research on supplements and cancer risk.

AICR analysis of the global evidence has led to recommending that you not rely on supplements for cancer protection.

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    Do foods high in glycemic index increase breast cancer risk?

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    Eating foods with a high glycemic index (GI) can make your blood sugar rise higher and faster after eating. Theoretically, that could cause unhealthy levels of hormones like insulin, which seem to promote development of some cancers, including breast.

    However, research suggests that glycemic index by itself has little to no relation to breast cancer risk.

    The Research

    An analysis of 19 studies found no link between breast cancer risk and diets high in GI beyond what could occur by chance. Even glycemic load (GL), which takes portion size of foods into account, showed no significant link to breast cancer risk. The links were not consistent and could reflect other qualities of those diets. Another analysis that included only studies with a stronger design that follows people over time (called prospective cohort studies) found a weak five to six percent increase in breast cancer risk when comparing diets at the very highest to the very lowest glycemic index or glycemic load, respectively. Read more… “Do foods high in glycemic index increase breast cancer risk?”

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      Low calorie-dense diets – think veggies – may lower breast cancer risk

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      Diets high in fruits, vegetables and other foods with fewer calories per bite may lower an older women’s risk of breast cancer compared to women who eat lots of high calorie-dense foods, suggests a new study. The findings suggest the link is independent of overweight and obesity, a risk factor for postmenopausal breast cancer.

      The study was published in The Journal of Nutrition.

      In this study researchers looked at energy density, the amount of calories in a certain weight of food, typically a gram. Cakes, ice cream and other foods heavy in oils and added sugars are high in energy density. Low energy-dense foods are higher in water and fiber, making these foods generally lower in calories for every gram. Vegetables, fruits and many unprocessed grains are generally low in energy-density.

      The study analyzed data from almost 57,000 postmenopausal women who had no history of breast cancer.
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