For diet and cancer prevention, do we really know enough to act?

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We do know enough now to make eating choices that lower our risk of cancer. In fact, we know that for people with typical American diets, waiting for more information before making any changes is increasing their risk of cancer.

It’s true that research on diet to lower cancer risk is a hot area with many questions still to be answered. That’s why it’s important when making changes to make your decisions on guidelines based on the overall body of research. Trying to act on each new study that makes headlines can make you feel like you’ve got whiplash… not a wise approach.

This year’s AICR Research Conference featured the renowned Dr. Walter Willett of Harvard University presenting his view of what we know and don’t know on diet and cancer. Here’s my take, based on Dr. Willett’s presentation and others at the conference. Read more… “For diet and cancer prevention, do we really know enough to act?”

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    HealthTalk: How Can I Eat Healthy Portions at the Holidays Without Measuring?

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    Q: I’m trying not to overeat during the holidays, but I hate measuring my food. Is there another way?

    Eating and drinking more calories than your body can burn is especially easy at this time of year. There’s no one-size-fits-all formula for avoiding the calorie overload that can make you feel sluggish and promote weight gain. You have lots of research-tested options, and a combination of strategies is likely better than relying on any one strategy.

    Stay Portion-Aware – Especially when extra-rich holiday foods are around, appropriate portions are more important than ever. If you don’t want to measure portions: Read more… “HealthTalk: How Can I Eat Healthy Portions at the Holidays Without Measuring?”

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      Anti-inflammatory diet may lower risk of mortality from heart disease among breast cancer survivors

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      There’s been a lot of research on anti-inflammatory diets over the years, much of it related to cancer and other chronic diseases. That’s because chronic inflammation is strongly associated with the development of many cancers, such as colorectal.

      Those links led to University of South Carolina researchers developing a dietary inflammatory index — a measure of how much foods and its components may increase or decrease inflammation. Here’s some of foods. Read more… “Anti-inflammatory diet may lower risk of mortality from heart disease among breast cancer survivors”

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