Thursday, March 22, 2007

Blood sugar 'boosts cancer risk'

Women with high blood sugar levels are at an increased risk of developing cancer BBC News 3/21/07 "The Swedish research, which looked at 64,500 people, linked raised blood sugar with pancreas, skin, womb, and urinary tract cancers in women...high blood sugar was also linked to breast cancer risk - for women under 49...women in the top 25% range of blood sugar readings after fasting had a 26% higher chance of developing cancer than those in the bottom quarter...In men, raised blood sugar levels in men appeared to protect against prostate cancer, though not to a significant degree..."And the good news is that it is possible to reduce your blood sugar levels by eating a healthy balanced diet with lots of fruit and vegetables and maintaining a healthy weight. "We know that up to 40% of cancer cases can be prevented by this type of healthy lifestyle, so this is just another reason for people to make those small changes that could make a big difference."... "

There is a mountain of evidence that shows that daily vigorous exercise can help prevent a variety of cancers. Could it be that one of the main ways that exercise helps fight off cancer if via modulation of blood sugar levels? Anyway it is encouraging that diet, exercise and watching one's fat levels could affect blood sugar levels in a positive way and in so doing significantly reduce the chance of getting a variety of cancers.

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