Can blackened toast and crispy french fries lead to cancer? AICR weighs in

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Can burned toast and blackened potatoes lead to cancer? It’s a story making headlines today because of an initiative a UK government agency has taken to highlight a substance found in these products that are a “possible concern” for increased cancer risk.

The compound is called acrylamide and it’s generally formed when you cook up some starchy foods at high temperatures, over 120 degrees. The sugars and amino acids in the foods cause a reaction, the Maillard reaction, which leads to acrylamide.

In lab studies, animals consuming higher amounts of acrylamide get more cancer. Yet human studies on an acrylamide-cancer link are inconclusive.  Read more… “Can blackened toast and crispy french fries lead to cancer? AICR weighs in”

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    Type 2 diabetes among youth doubles over 5 years, troubling for later cancer risk

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    Among kids, teens and young adults, private insurance claims for type 2 diabetes more than doubled from 2011 to 2015, according to a new paper from an organization that analyzes healthcare costs and insurance. Obesity claims also increased during this same time period.

    The report from FAIR Health adds to the concerning data on obesity and diabetes among youth. While obesity among children has leveled off in recent years, the increase over the past several decades now means more than one in three children and adolescents are overweight or obese.

    The findings hold concerning information on cancer risk as these youth may face many decades later. Read more… “Type 2 diabetes among youth doubles over 5 years, troubling for later cancer risk”

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      Weekly Workout to Weekend Warrior, Any Amount Lowers Cancer Death Risk, Finds Study

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      Exercising even small amounts is better than doing nothing. But how often and how intense that exercise should be is a big area of study.

      Now comes a study that suggests whether you take that brisk walk a couple times a week for half an hour, every weekday or extend it into intense weekend bouts may lower the risk of premature death from cancer or any cause.

      The study was published yesterday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

      This study looked at activity habits related to dying. AICR recommendations focus on cancer prevention. And for lower risk of developing cancer, AICR research shows that 30 minutes of physical Read more… “Weekly Workout to Weekend Warrior, Any Amount Lowers Cancer Death Risk, Finds Study”

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