MENU
 

More Health and Nutrition Bites

The 5:2 diet - intermittent fasting - debunked 12/05/18
Drinking coffee may reduce all-cause mortality 11/28/18
When the low-carb hype doesn't add up 11/21/18
Vitamin D supplements don't prevent cancer or heart disease 11/14/18
Breakfast may not be as important as previously thought 11/07/18
Legumes may help prevent diabetes 10/31/18
More organic foods may mean less cancer, but the evidence isn't in 10/24/18
Corn oil better for cholesterol than coconut oil 10/17/18
The right fats help reduce age-related weight gain 10/10/18
Red meat in a Mediterranean-style Diet 10/03/18
Portion size and consumption, healthy foods edition 09/26/18
'Resistant starch' does not improve glycemic control 09/19/18
Live more robustly in later life with a Mediterranean Diet 09/12/18
Beverages vs. food: the source of sugar matters 09/05/18
All Health and Nutrition Bites

Related

Sex, fiber, and colon cancer
Research into the effect of fiber on colon cancer has shown first that more fiber in your diet protects you from colon cancer, then other studies seem to show that it doesn't. Researchers in Arizona (Am J Clin Nutr 2006;83:343-9) recently combined and analyzed the results of two studies....

Fruits, Vegetables, and Colorectal Cancer
Studies have shown that a diet high in fruits and vegetables can help you avoid a number of types of cancers, including oral cancersskin cancer, and prostate cancer. But the effect of a diet high in fruits or vegetables has not yet conclusively linked to the incidence of colon or rectal cancers. 

Increased BMI Linked to Increased Risk of Cancer
We know that being overweight puts you at higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, but a recent study published in the Lancet (2008;371:569-78) makes it clear that overweight and obesity are linked to an increased risk of certain types of cancers, as well.


 

Health & Nutrition Bites

Get the latest health and diet news - along with what you can do about it - sent to your Inbox once a week. Get Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites sent to you via email. Sign up now!

Avoid Colorectal Cancer: Drink Your Milk!



A study of 45,306 men between the ages of 45 and 79 and without a history of cancer were followed for seven years by researchers in Sweden (Am J Clin Nutr 2006;83:667-73). The study assessed their level of dairy product intake and correlated the subjects’ intake to the incidence of colorectal cancers of various types: colorectum, colon, proximal colon, distal colon, and rectum. (Previous studies had not differentiated between cancer locations.)

After adjusting for levels of dairy product intake and for various types of dairy products, including milk, cultured milk products (i.e., buttermilk or yoghurt), cheeses and sour creams, researchers found that those subjects who drank the most milk had the lowest incidence of all types of colorectal cancers. When the researchers adjusted for total calcium intake, the results remained nearly the same, suggesting that calcium intake alone, independent of dairy intake, may have protective effects.

Still, more research needs to be done to differentiate between the effects of calcium alone rather than in dairy products, which contain other acids, fats, and proteins that have been shown to have similar cancer-protective effects in laboratory animals.

What this means for you

Calcium is good for you and milk and low-fat dairy products are a good source of calcium. Drink your milk!

First posted: April 28, 2006