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Did you know that obesity is linked to an increased risk of cancer? According to the American Cancer Society, “the World Cancer Research Fund estimates that about 20% of all cancers diagnosed in the US are related to body fatness, physical inactivity, excess alcohol consumption, and/or poor nutrition, and thus could also be prevented.” This is very interesting and if you would like to learn more about this topic, check out this link:
According to this article from the Mayo Clinic, inflammation is the new medical buzzword. In this article, you will learn more about how inflammation affects the body- possibly causing disease and even cancer. Chronic inflammation, also known as systemic inflammation is often associated with autoimmune disorders, such as lupus and polymyalgia rheumatica. It also is linked to asthma, ulcerative colitis, and Chron’s disease. Research is currently being conducted to determine possible links between inflammation and cancer.
Did you know that smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol causes inflammation in the body? I have read in other articles, that a diet high in sugar also causes inflammation in the body. What should you eat, to reduce inflammation? According to the article above, a Mediterranean diet is a very healthy choice.
You should eat:
- plenty of fruits and vegetables
- plenty of healthy fats (olive and canola oil)
- small portions of nuts
- red wine in moderation
- fish (on a regular basis)
- a limited amount of red meat
This article also discusses anti-inflammatory medicines, such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen as possibly treating or preventing cancer, however, more research is needed.
I was recently reminded of America’s health crisis when I read an article in our local paper about the top 10 ranked states for childhood obesity. South Carolina (my state) was ranked 2nd in the nation for childhood obesity, and 10th in the nation for overall obesity.
This is a topic that is difficult to discuss because no one wants to come across as judgmental. However, the percentage of children with diabetes has been on the rise for many years now. Children who are obese, turn into adults who are obese (more often than not). This leads to a whole range of health problems for people of all ages- children turn into adults, and adults turn into seniors. Obesity increases your risk for: diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and even things you wouldn’t even consider…. like pain in the joints from excess weight. Read the rest of this entry »