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High-Carb Diet- Colon Cancer Recurrence

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“The researchers found that the colon cancer (CC) patients who ate a starchy high-carbohydrate diet were nearly twice as likely to have a recurrence as those who ate a better balance of foods…”

First and foremost it’s important to point out that the article linked and excerpted below is about colon cancer relapse. Yes a growing number of studies cite obesity increasing your risk of a cancer diagnosis but that is not what this blog is talking about.

Treat your health while you treat your cancer.

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A diet high in processed meats, high glycemic load foods, obesity and sendantary behavior may increase the risk of relapse in CC. So eat more fruits and vegetables, get exercise moderately every day and loose the weight that you have been thinking about for years.

I am both a cancer survivor and cancer coach. Chemotherapy and high-dose steroids such as prednisone and dexamethasone can increase your weight dramatically. Ask anyone who has been on steroids. My experience however, is that conventional oncology considers their job to end once active therapy is over. Meaning conventional oncology considers active chemotherapy to be your colon cancer treatment.

What I’m saying and what the research below is saying is that colon cancer therapy is both active chemotherapy/radiation/surgery and it is nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle after you complete chemo/radiation/surgery.

Have you been diagnosed with CC? What stage? To learn more about evidence-based non-toxic colon cancer therapies please scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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High-Carb Diet Linked to Colon Cancer Recurrence in Study

“Diet after a diagnosis of cancer can affect outcome, according to a study that followed colon cancer patients, published online November 7 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

The researchers found that the patients who ate a starchy high-carbohydrate diet were nearly twice as likely to have a recurrence as those who ate a better balance of foods, and the effect was most pronounced in patients who were obese or overweight

The patients in this study had locally advanced (stage III) colon cancer; in such patients, recurrence is due to micrometastatic disease, he explained. “The hypothesis is that insulin and insulin-like growth factors allow these microscopic cells to grow and spread…”

…”total avoidance of sugar is not necessary.” It is the glycemic load appears to be important here, and complex sugars, starchy foods, and carbohydrates have higher glycemic loads, he said…

Overall, patients with the highest glycemic load and carbohydrate intake had an increase in colon cancer recurrence or death of 80%, compared with those with the lowest levels…”



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