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Starchy Diet, Colon Cancer Returning Link

Starchy Diet, Colon Cancer Returning Link
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BOSTON (UPI) — Colon cancer survivors who eat a lot of sugary and high-carbohydrate food have a higher risk of the cancer coming back, U.S. researchers say.

Lead author Dr. Jeffrey Meyerhardt of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and colleagues found in a previous study those with a typical “Western” diet — high intake of meat, fat, refined grains and sugary desserts — were three times more likely to have a cancer recurrence than those whose diets were least Western.

The study was conducted to explore which component of the Western diet was most responsible for the increased risk of colon cancer recurrence.

The study involved 1,011 stage III colon cancer patients who had undergone surgery and participated in a National Cancer Institute-sponsored Cancer and Leukemia Group B clinical trial of follow-up chemotherapy for their disease.

Participants reported their dietary intake during and six months after the trial.

Researchers tracked the patients’ total carbohydrates, as well as their glycemic index — a measure of how quickly blood sugar levels rise after eating a particular food — and glycemic load, which takes into account the amount of a carbohydrate actually consumed, and looked for a statistical connection between these measures and the recurrence of colon cancer.

The study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found the study participants with the highest dietary levels of glycemic load and carbohydrate intake had an 80 percent increased risk of colon cancer recurrence or death compared with those who had the lowest levels. Among patients who were overweight or obese the increase was even greater, the study said.

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  • eddie47d

    Yet if you advise people to eat less beef or foods with high sugar (fructose) contents then you are labeled a destroyer of personal freedoms and a traitor to the rights of those people to continue to slowly kill themselves. I’m not sure why PLD prints these health articles when the Conservative commenter’s will completely ignore the warnings or say it is a communist plot to take away their right to “poison” themselves.

    • Hedgehog

      Just think Eddie, if you ate less carbohydrates you might be able to get down to 45d, or maybe even 36c. Exit stage left LOL.

      • eddie47d

        I can’t help if you are an 250 lb idiot and can’t even get through the stage door. LOL! Heck I feel fitter already and my apologies to any overweight person out there.

  • duaner

    eddie I have been a conservative for a long time. I do not corporate welfare as well as gov. welfare, I eat healthy, I exercise daily. So what you said is [expletive deleted] and has nothing to do with a persons politics. I wish you would fall down a very deep rabbit hole and stay off of this site. You are a despicable piece of work.

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