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April 11, 2005

High glycemic index diets may raise risk of breast cancer among older women

Topics: Health Issues

A proper diet is an important element in combating cancer, and one of the most important factors to take into account is the amount of carbohydrate in the diet. The higher one's carbohydrate intake, the higher the chance for increased insulin levels. Fasting insulin levels have been shown to be associated with outcome in women with early breast cancer. High levels of fasting insulin identify women with poor outcomes in whom more effective(and aggressive) treatment strategies should be explored(and may be required).

- Reuters Health
A diet with a high glycemic index value seems to be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer among postmenopausal women who have ever used hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and who are not overweight, study results suggest. The association may be stronger among those who do not engage in vigorous physical activity.

"Given evidence of a positive association between hyperinsulinemia and breast cancer risk, we felt it conceivable that this reflects an underlying association with high glycemic index diets," Dr. Stephanie A. Navarro Silvera from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York noted in comments to Reuters Health. More ...

Related readings:
The insulin-like growth factor system in advanced breast cancer.

Controlling hyperglycemia as an adjunct to cancer therapy.

Cross posted at NewHopeBlog

Posted by Hyscience at April 11, 2005 11:44 AM

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