Best Way to Prevent Cancer

Attempting to follow the message from the media on how to prevent cancer can be overwhelming. It seems like every week there’s conflicting evidence on dairy, red meat, and fat intake.

  • Should I be eating more fiber?
  • Will animal fat increase my breast cancer risk?
  • Do fruits and vegetables lower my risk of colon cancer?

The reality is, if you took note of all the ‘new’ research claims promoted on t.v. and in the newspapers, you wouldn’t be able to eat anything.

“Full fat cream in my coffee please…but hold the fat.”

Unfortunately, we’re more likely to hear about the research that’s most controversial and contradictory, as opposed to what’s the most scientifically sound. For instance, a 2006 randomized control study from the Journal of the American Medical Association found No Association between a lower fat intake and a reduced risk of breast cancer. Similarly, a pooled analysis of 14 prospective cohort studies in 2004 found no relationship between red meat and colorectal cancer.

My point is this – we need to stop focusing on 1 food, 1 additive, or 1 chemical without taking control of the one factor that’s clearly associated with cancer.  At the time of writing this blog post (Mar 2014) there’s only one sure thing you can do to lower your risk of cancer:

LOWER YOUR BODY FAT!

The more excess fat you carry, the higher your risk of all cancers.

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Those with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 40 or more, are at a 52% higher (men) and 62% higher (women) death rate from various types of cancer. According to Walter Willet, world-renowned researcher from Harvard University.

The incidence of cancer from obesity is nearly as strong as that of smoking. 

The good news is, you can reduce your risk by shedding the fat.  Recent evidence (2014) has suggested that even a small 5% increase in bodyweight increases breast and endometrial cancer in women by 5 and 9%, and colorectal cancer in men by 5%.

Am I saying Fat Loss will ensure you never get cancer?

No, but it is the only scientifically proven way of giving you the best chance of avoiding it.

Stay Lean!
Coach Mike


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