No doubt, it is certainly exciting to read about advances in cancer treatment. However, at the same time it is vitally important to recognize what may underlie cancer so that we can target these causes with the hope of reducing risk. Continue reading
Colon cancer will afflict about 5% Americans – with close to 97,000 new cases diagnosed each year in this country. It is anticipated that there will be approximately 50,000 deaths attributed to colon cancer this year alone. These statistics clearly point to the significance of understanding risk factors that can be modified with hopes of decreasing a person’s chance of developing this disease.
According to the American Cancer Society, significant risk factors for colon cancer include inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. In addition, a family history of colon cancer increases risk as does a history of having colonic polyps.
For those of you who have been following my blog posts, the theme that is redundant focuses on the importance of choosing foods with a low glycemic index as a way to enhance brain health and function.
But beyond brain health, I want all of you to recognize that there is a direct and powerful relationship between blood sugar, the glycemic index of foods consumed, and risk for various other health-related issues. Eating foods lower on the glycemic index scale is associated with weight loss as well as improvement in a wide range of cardiovascular risk parameters.
In addition, the science is now clearly correlating reduced risk of various forms of cancer including breast, colon and prostate related to food consumption lower on the glycemic index scale. Continue reading