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Proof That Increased Sugar Causes Cancer

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According to a study, women who consume a high dietary glycemic load may increase their risk of colorectal (colon) cancer. Glycemic load is a measure of how quickly a food's carbohydrates are turned into sugars by the body (glycemic index) in relation to the amount of carbohydrates per serving of that food.

The study consisted of 38, 451 women who were followed for almost eight years. The participants filled out questionnaires about their eating habits, so researchers could examine the associations of dietary glycemic load, overall dietary glycemic index, carbohydrate, fiber, non-fiber carbohydrate, sucrose, and fructose with the subsequent development of colon cancer. Researchers found that women who ate the most high-glycemic-load foods were nearly three times more likely to develop colon cancer.

This study shows that not only can a diet rich in sugar boost the risk of type 2 diabetes and contribute to obesity, but it may also lead to colon cancer.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute February 4, 2004;96(3):229-233

 

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Here we have it, published in the official journal of the Cancer Institute. They are finally recognizing what the Nobel Prize did over 70 years ago, by awarding the prize to Dr. Warburg in Germany for discovering that sugar caused cancer. If you are obese you are far more likely to have cancer. Normalizing your insulin levels is one of the most powerful physical actions you can take to improve your health and lower your risk of cancer.

It is vital to understand what insulin actually is. Insulin is something all humans have as without it we would go into hyperglycemic coma and die, but many of us have insulin levels that are too high.

The pancreas releases insulin--produced by beta cells--after you eat carbohydrates. This causes a rise in blood sugar. Insulin ensures your cells receive some blood sugar necessary for life, and increases glycogen storage. However, it also drives your body to use more carbohydrate, and less fat, as fuel. And, insulin converts almost half of your dietary carbohydrate to fat for storage. In other words, when we eat too much carbohydrate, we're essentially sending a hormonal message, via insulin, to the body (actually, to the adipose cells). The message: "Store fat."

Not only do increased insulin levels tell the body to store carbohydrates as fat, they also tell it not to release any stored fat. This makes it impossible for you to use your own stored body fat for energy. So the excess carbohydrates in your diet not only make you fat, they make sure you stay fat.

High levels of insulin can cause major damage to your body. The most recognized of these is diabetes. In addition, hypertension, obesity, high levels of cholesterol and other lipids, heart disease, kidney disease, female infertility and neurodegeneration are all causes of eating too many carbohydrates, resulting in high insulin levels.

If you want to use more fats for energy, the insulin response must be moderated. Diets high in refined sugars release more insulin thereby allowing less stored fat to be burned.

Insulin is the key to the vast majority of chronic illness as I expressed above. Fortunately, it is the variable most easily influenced by healthy eating and exercise. The future health of our country undoubtedly depends upon healthier eating. That means you must, in order to stay healthy, eliminate grains and sugars from your diet.

Many people struggle with this grain/sugar restriction. We have been using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to successfully treat emotional stresses, including food cravings such as those related to sugar and grains, for some time.

Although often overlooked, emotional health is essential to your physical well-being. No matter how devoted you are to a healthy lifestyle, it is nearly impossible to reach your goals if emotional barriers stand in your way. EFT uses a combination of kinetic energy input and positive affirmations to release you of your emotional "blocks."

You can view our recently updated EFT manual free of charge. If you seek more in-depth knowledge of the EFT technique, my EFT series is available on DVD or VHS. The series will teach you how to relieve most emotional traumas, abolish phobias, overcome food cravings and eliminate or greatly reduce physical pain. You can also make an appointment with an expert to help you with the EFT process.

For more information on insulin’s many effects on health, be sure to read Dr. Rosedale's classic and highly informative insulin lecture.

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