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High Carbohydrate Diet Increases Risk Of Colon Cancer Recurrence

November 7, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Diet plays a significant role in whether colon cancer survivors suffer a recurrence of the disease, a U.S. study has found. Researchers gathered dietary data from 1,011 patients with advanced color cancer, finding that those who ate a typical "Western" diet – marked by high intakes of meat, fat, refined grains, and sugar desserts – were three times more likely to have a cancer recurrence than those whose diets were least Western. In particular, eating foods with a high glycemic index increased levels of insulin and in turn increased the risk of cancer recurrence.
Jeffrey A. Meyerhardt et al., "Dietary Glycemic Load and Cancer Recurrence and Survival in Patients with Stage III Colon Cancer", Journal of the National Cancer Institute, November 07, 2012, © Meyerhardt et al.
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