What diet affects the development of cancer

Overweight and obesity caused more than 3.4 million deaths worldwide in 2010.

The number of obese people increased significantly from 1980 to 2016, both among adults and children. Although the causes are multifactorial, the most important is certainly the consumption of cheap, calorie-rich and nutritionally poor food.

Aleksandra Lišanin, Public Health Specialist, Nutritionist-Dietitian, Practitioner of Functional Medicine
Alexandra Lishanin, Public Health Specialist, Nutritionist-Dietitian, Functional Medicine Practitioner

The association between obesity and cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer has been well studied.

Adipose tissue can act as an endocrine organ, creating hormones, growth factors, cytokines, which interfere with the regulation of cell growth and apoptosis, promoting malignant cell alteration.

Women, who have developed obesity in adulthood, have a 40% higher chance of developing breast cancer during menopause.

Intake of simple carbohydrates and foods with a high glycemic index leads to insulin resistance. When this happens, the cells in the body do not get enough of the glucose they need.

The human body reacts with a craving for sweets and concentrated carbohydrates, in general. The result is the intake of even more carbohydrates and the development of diabetes.

Diabetics are significantly more likely to develop various types of cancer.

In addition, obesity has developed, given that such foods also contain high levels of fat.

The greatest risk for the development of cancer is represented by hydrogenated and some saturated fats that have a high oxidative potential. High blood sugar stimulates the secretion of hormones.

restaurant-1109587_1280First of all, the stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol suppresses the immune system and thus increases the risk of cancer.

Nutrition with foods with a high glycemic index is associated with the development of many cancers, primarily breast, colorectal, pancreatic, ovarian, thyroid, endometrial, and gastric cancers. A diet with a low glycemic index has the opposite effect.

Increased insulin levels are associated with increased levels of growth factor, primarily IGF-1, which is one of the most powerful promoters of breast cancer. Menopausal women, with increased insulin levels, are twice as likely to develop breast cancer.

A high-protein diet, like Atkinson’s and the like, increases the risk of death by as much as 75%, and the risk of death caused by cancer, four times among the population under the age of 65.

liver-sausage-556489_1280The main reason for the increased risk are growth factors, primarily IGF-1, which dominate high-protein foods of animal origin, which include meat, milk and dairy products and saturated fats.

Processed meats, such as burgers, hot dogs, sausages, and cured meats, contain nitroso compounds that damage DNA. The high temperatures, which are used to heat treat these products, create heterocyclic amines and acrylamides, which are known carcinogens.

Therefore, in accordance with the WHO recommendations, the intake of food of animal origin should be reduced. Replace them with mushrooms, legumes and organic soy.


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