A simple way to protect yourself from deadly pancreatic cancer Recently, a friend of mine thought she might have pancreatitis, an inflammation of her pancreas. Her doctor was unsure and was asking for more tests. Much worse, and lurking in the backs of our minds, was the thought that she might have pancreatic cancer. This is not only a deadly disease that progresses rapidly, it?s also extremely painful.
The first thing I told her to do was to stop eating sugar. It feeds inflammation. In fact, if you have any condition ending in "itis," lower your sugar intake. Sugar will only make it worse.
A few days later, I came upon a new study that proved my point. This eight-year Swedish study found that the people who consumed the most sugar had the highest amounts of pancreatic cancer. We already know that when we eat a lot of high-sugar foods frequently, we increase our body?s need for insulin and decrease our sensitivity to this hormone. And we know that too much insulin leads to serious diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. And now, thanks to this study, we can add pancreas problems to that list.
Many people fail to "count" the sugar they add to their tea or coffee. The sugar that?s added to their jams and stewed fruit. Their soft drinks. All of this counts. And moves you up to a greater risk for a deadly, and preventable, disease.
Now that Thanksgiving and Christmas are behind you, this is the best time for you to make some changes in your diet. Cut your sugar consumption in half. Then, in two weeks, reduce it a little more. Your taste buds will adjust to less sweet foods. And you?ll greatly reduce your risk for pancreatic cancer. You may even lose a few pounds, as well.
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What happened to my friend? She got good news. Her pancreas is fine. But since she loves good wine and enjoys desserts, she?s decided to watch her sugar intake and have a little less of both. Smart friend. One I expect to have around for a long, long time.
Your voice of reason in Women's Health,
Dr. Janet Zand
Laarsson, SC, et al. "Consumption of sugar and sugar-sweetened foods and the risk of pancreatic cancer in a prospective study", Am J Clin Nutr, Nov 2006.