Study links esophageal cancer to carbohydrates, obesityFebruary 26th, 2008 - 12:51 pm ICT by admin
Washington, Feb 26 (ANI): A new study has linked esophageal cancer to carbohydrates and obesity, by showing that the increase in the incidence of the disease in recent years mirrors the steep rise in carbohydrate intake and obesity during the same period of time.
Researchers at the Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland suggested that the rise in recent decades of U.S. esophageal cancer, from 300,000 cases in 1973 to 2.1 million in 2001 at age-adjusted rates, reflects the rise in carbohydrate intake and obesity.
The study illustrates what may be a public heath concern as the composition of U.S. diets changes and total carbohydrate and refined carbohydrate intakes increase.
Obesity is a risk factor for many types of cancer, and a diet that includes a high percentage of calories from refined carbohydrates is a common contributor to obesity.
Carbohydrates were also unique in that no other studied nutrients were found to correlate with esophageal cancer rates, the researchers said.
The causes of esophageal cancer remain largely unknown. Despite recent advances in treatment, esophageal cancer has a poor prognosis. The five-year rate of survival for esophageal cancer remains below 20 percent and is the eighth-leading cause of cancer related death in American men.
If we can reverse the trends in refined carbohydrate intake and obesity in the U.S., we may be able to reduce the incidence of esophageal cancer, said Dr. Li Li, senior author of the study.
The study appears in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. (ANI)
- Low-calorie diet tied to bowel disease deaths - Mar 21, 2012
- High-fat food hastens pancreatic cancer, says study - Jun 21, 2012
- Heart disease may be linked to prostate cancer - Feb 09, 2012
- Squamous cell cancer on the rise in India - Mar 29, 2012
- Flaxseed-rich diet decreases severity of ovarian cancer in chickens - May 05, 2010
- High fibre diets don't protect gut health - Jan 24, 2012
- Low carb-diet reduces liver fat faster - Apr 17, 2011
- Too much of sugar fuelling global obesity - Feb 02, 2012
- Cutting carbs rids liver of fat more effectively - Apr 19, 2011
- Low-carb diet may not be good for heart: Study - Jun 11, 2012
- Low-salt advice based on spurious science, say experts - Oct 22, 2010
- Dr Oz Shares Ten Second Cancer Test & More - Sep 21, 2011
- BP drug lowers weight in spite of high fat diet - Apr 13, 2012
- Low-carb diets better for easing weight: Study - Dec 13, 2011
- Fructose does not increase food intake or impact weight: Extensive study - Feb 11, 2011
Tags: american men, cancer rates, carbohydrate intake, case western reserve, case western reserve university, dr li, esophageal cancer, heath concern, hospitals health system, li li, poor prognosis, refined carbohydrate, refined carbohydrates, risk factor, steep rise, time researchers, types of cancer, university hospitals health, university hospitals health system, western reserve university