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Excess Fat, Red Meat and Lack of Exercise Increase Cancer Risks

1 Nov

The official word is in The World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research has saidbadfood.jpg that excess body fat and red meat are linked to an increased risk of common cancers and should be avoided.  This has never been said before in such a definitive way so we had better start taking notice of this and follow the guidelines if we want to reduce our risk of escaping the claws of cancer.  This is not the first time consumers have been warned about red meat and excess body fat but now there is research to back it up in a 571 page comprehensive report released yesterday by 21 researchers. More than 7000 studies over five years were used in compiling the report. Researchers found that extra weight around the waist may lead to cancer of the esophagus, pancreas, colon, kidney and uterus as well as postmenopausal breast cancer.  The weight can be kept off  by exercising at least 30 minutes a day and limiting consumption of alcohol, high fat foods e.g. burgers, French fries, milk shakes, pastries and sugary drinks. Red means such as beef, pork and lamb are linked to colorectal cancers should be replaced with poultry fish and eggs.  Avoid also bacon and lunch meat.The Researchers found that about 40 percent of all cancers are linked to food, lack of exercise, and body weight. This can be used as a guide in designing cancer prevention education programs, and health policy around the world, panelists said.“Part of the purpose of the report was to show that prevention of cancer by means of food, nutrition, and associated factors is as feasible and crucial as prevention of coronary heart disease,” the researchers wrote. “The evidence that high body fatness and also physical inactivity are causes of a number of cancers, including common cancers, is particularly strong.”

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