Eating Right Today, Reduces Cancer Risk Tomorrow
Today it seems that everywhere you look and every news program you watch, someone is telling you about the next big food breakthrough that can help to reduce the risks of cancer. But, while plenty of focus has been placed on various foods, herbs, and spices, many reports fail to mention that obesity and cancer are also linked, and that what to eat when you have cancer can also play a big role in helping you overcome the debilitating disease, or at least help to alleviate some of the symptoms, or reduce cancer risk for those who do not have it yet.
Many studies have revealed that obesity and cancer are closely related, and that eating healthily, as well as eating a proper cancer diet, can significantly reduce the risks of several types of cancer.
Obesity and Cancer: The Rising Epidemic
Many types of cancer are on the rise, and given that obesity rates have also risen, drastically, over the past few decades, the link between the two cannot be denied. There are many reasons why obesity is a growing epidemic:
- The abundance of fast food and processed foods
- Foods full of sugar, carbohydrates, fats, and other unhealthy additives and preservatives
- Lack of physical activity
- Fast-paced lifestyle not allowing for proper eating habits
Life today is full of bad food and distraction, which lends itself to individuals both young and old spending more time inside eating and living a sedentary lifestyle and less time being active and focusing on eating healthy foods.
Obesity has been linked to several diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Obesity can also be held directly responsible for an increased risk and development of certain types of cancer. This is because a person who is obese produces more fat progenitor cells, which serve to fortify vessels that carry blood to tumors, enabling them to grow. Additionally, obesity has also been linked with enabling cancer to develop faster than in a person who is not obese.
The Cancer Diet: What to Eat Before, During and After Cancer
It is no surprise that nearly 100% of the foods recommended for individuals to help reduce the risks of cancer are also natural, healthy foods recommended as part of a regular healthy diet that reduces the risk of obesity. What is especially important to note is that individuals who maintain a healthy diet throughout most of their lives, without ever becoming obese, have significantly reduced their risks of cancer, while an obese individual, even after returning to a healthy diet, still has a much higher risk of cancer development.
This doesn’t mean that an obese individual should not bother eating healthily. In actuality, it is ever more important that the individual enter into a strict regimen of both healthy eating as well as exercise. It is also especially important that a strong focus is placed on nutrition during childhood and adolescence, because early nutrition directly affects our future health. Development of cancer, especially breast cancer, can start at a very early age with just one single cell, but may not reveal itself for a period of 30-40 years.
Therefore, eating properly before, during, and after cancer treatment never loses its importance. But, to ensure the risks of cancer (as well as other diseases and maladies) are kept to a minimum, obesity should be avoided altogether. Obesity and cancer will always be linked, and avoiding obesity from the outset, at an early age, serves to keep more healthy cells in the body and diminishes the proliferation of unhealthy cells.
Lastly, by eating healthily, consuming healthy foods low in sugar, and avoiding unhealthy fats, and other unhealthy ingredients, you improve your intake of nutrients and healthy antioxidants, and reduce the intake of harmful ingredients that can cause cell damage that might allow cancer to develop.
The list of important foods to eat to ensure proper health can be quite extensive, but some standouts include:
- Nuts and seeds
- Vegetable oils
- Beans and legumes
- Green leafy vegetables
- Foods high in fiber
“This article reflects the opinions of the author and those of any of the source articles and should not be misconstrued as medical advice. None of this information is evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and is not meant to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease.”
- Katz, D. (2013, May 10). Breast Cancer and Diet: Not Just What, But When. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-katz-md/breast-cancer-prevention_b_3236234.html. Accessed on May 21, 2013.
- Phillip, J. (2012, November 8). Overweight and obesity are shown to increase cancer risk by up to 50 percent. Retrieved from http://www.naturalnews.com/037892_overweight_obesity_cancer_risk.html. Accessed on May 21. 2013.