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Health Benefits Associated with Whole Grains

Whole grain cereal foods lowers the risk of chronic disease and helps weight control.

There is consistent scientific evidence that whole grain foods substantially lower the risk of CHD, diabetes, and cancer and help in weight management and digestive health. Working together macro- and micronutrients and phytonutrients present in whole grains contribute to their beneficial effects.

PositiveTip: Regularly incorporate 3-4 whole grain foods into your diet every day.

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No Alcohol Intake Level Safe

Even small amounts of alcohol raise the risk of cancer.

A ten year study of eight European countries on alcohol consumption and cancer has lead researchers to conclude that "there is no sensible limit below which the risk of cancer is decreased. ... Thus, alcohol consumption should not be recommended to prevent cardiovascular disease or all-cause mortality." 

Representatives from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, wrote: "From a standpoint of cancer risk, the message of this report could not be clearer. There is no level of alcohol that can be considered safe".

PositiveTip: Skip the alcohol and choose healthy non-alcoholic, low-calorie drinks.


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Alcohol Consumption Raises Risk of Cancer

10% of cancers in men, and 3% in women are attributable to alcohol.

European investigators have determined the burden of cancer attributable to alcohol consumption in a 10 year study of 365,000 men and women living in eight Western European countries. In males, 10% of the total cancer incidence was attributable to current and former alcohol consumption, and in females it was 3%. Higher consumption (more than 2 drinks per day in men, and more than 1 drink per day in women) was associated with higher cancer incidence.

PositiveTip: To minimize your risk of cancer, leave even small amounts of alcohol alone!

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Diabetes Increases Risk of Death from All Causes

Diabetics are 80% more likely to die from any cause than non-diabetics.

Researchers have analyzed a very large number of prospective studies, and concluded that diabetic patients had 2.32 times greater risk of death from vascular disease (heart disease and stroke) than non-diabetics. Analyzing data from 97 published studies, researchers found that a 50-year-old diabetic can expect to die six years earlier than a non-diabetic. In comparison, smoking shortens life expectancy by about seven years. Diabetes also increased the risk of cancer by about 25% compared to non-diabetics.

PositiveTip: Type 2 diabetes can largely be prevented by physical activity, a wholesome diet and maintaining an ideal weight.

Green Tea Doesn’t Prevent Breast Cancer

Green teaGreen tea contains polyphenols and other antioxidants that many people think will help to protect them against cancer.

It's true that breast cancer rates are lower in several Asian countries where green tea is commonly consumed, compared to rates in the United States where breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women.

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Cancer Rates will Rise Because More Americans are Obese

More than one quarter of the US population tip the scales as obese!

The Centers for Disease Control has just released new figures showing that between 2007 and 2009 2.4 million American became obese. This increase will result in a corresponding increase in the national cancer rate for years to come. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, 103,600 cases of cancer in the US are caused by excess body fat.

PositiveTip: It is a matter of urgency to control our weight and help prevent cancer.

Expert Advice to Survive Cancer

Do you have cancer?

Do you know someone that does? Have you or someone you know survived cancer? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you need to read on!Food for the Fight

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) has released an educational DVD called "Food for the Fight, Guidelines for Healthy Nutrition During and After Cancer Treatment". It is full of practical dietary strategies to help survivors remain healthy during treatment and prevent recurrence of their cancer.

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Diabetes and Cancer Risk

Diabetics have a significantly increased risk of certain types of cancer.

A consensus report published by the American Diabetes Association and the American Cancer Society indicates a link between diabetes and some kinds of cancer. Diabetics have at least twice the risk of liver, pancreatic and endometrial cancers than non-diabetics. The possible mechanisms for these associations are not yet well understood.

PositiveTip: Cancer risk should not deter treatment in most patients. Most diabetics will benefit by physical activity, weight loss, and a healthy diet--all of these tend to lower cancer risk!

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Did You Miss World Cancer Day?

Did you you know that 50% of Americans do not know what they can do to prevent cancer?

February 4 each year is World Cancer Day. Does that mean it is a day to celebrate cancer? Absolutely not! Organized by the International Union Against Cancer, it is designed to focus attention on the small, everyday changes that can lower cancer risk. This year the American Institute for Cancer Research called attention to their Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention publication by launching Spanish and Portuguese versions. While it has a somewhat dry sounding title, it takes the wealth of scientific information and translates it into practical steps that can be taken to prevent cancer.