Health Matters by Dr Charles Fiscella
Are carbohydrates and cancer possibly linked?
Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 05:44 AM
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|Study shows carbs could be related to throat cancer|
In a 2008 study conducted by Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland, Ohio, found that rising rates of certain types of throat cancer may be related to higher consumption of carbohydrates.
Gastro-esophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD, has long been associated with an increased incidence of esophageal adenocarcinoma, a particular form of throat cancer. Reflux disease had been previously been linked to obesity, but the Case Western Reserve study highlighted the role of carbohydrates in the development of both obesity and throat cancer.
The report compared statistics provided by the National Cancer Institute for incidence of esophageal cancers occurring between 1973 and 2001, with information related to American dietary habits from the National Nutrient Data Bank. Scientists were able to make a strong correlation between rising cases of esophageal adenocarcinoma and higher consumption of carbohydrates. During the same period, squamous cell cancers of the throat declined. Squamous cell carcinomas are closely associated with cigarette smoking.
The study was important because it highlighted the growing evidence which shows that over consumption of refined carbohydrates promotes the development of many serious health problems including cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Foods made from sugar and processed grains are high in calories but provide little nutrient benefit. High consumption of simple carbohydrates is a primary contributor to obesity and inadequate nutrition. Alternatively, complex carbohydrates, such as fruits and vegetables are nutrient dense and provide much in the way of protection against many serious and chronic diseases.