How To Prevent Cancer And Diabetes In Your Life Time; It seems yet another study is telling us what we already know: Don’t smoke, exercise, avoid being overweight, and eat more fruits and vegetables. The good news is doing all four of these things can slash your risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even cancer. The bad news is millions of people in the country just aren’t heeding the well-known health advice. Why not?
“Because of the huge link between insulin resistance and cancer, it is critically important for people who have diabetes to manage their blood glucose during cancer treatment and also for people t learn how to prevent cancer and diabetes,” adds Brooke McIntyre, a clinical oncology dietitian and diabetes program coordinator at CTCA in Tulsa.
How To Prevent Cancer And Diabetes
McIntyre recommends the following tips to help prevent cancer and diabetes:
- Never eat a “naked” carbohydrate.Funny statement, but people remember it! Rather than eating only an apple, eat a handful of nuts or one to two tablespoons of nut butter too. This helps decrease the rise in blood sugar and makes you feel more satisfied.
- Eat fewer carbohydrates.Decreasing carbohydrate intake not only lowers blood sugar, but can also help lower blood pressure.
- Eat more veggies, fruits and whole grains.Eating cancer-fighting foods high in fiber can help regulate blood sugar. Foods to add to your diet include: Asian pears, raspberries, blackberries, bananas, blueberries, beans, broccoli, spinach, lentils, peas, corn, flax seeds and whole-grain breads or crackers.
- Exercise regularly.The American Institute for Cancer Research and the American Diabetes Association recommend 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week to lower risk of cancer recurrence.
- Add healthy fats to your diet.Say “no” to doughnuts and fried chicken and “hello” to healthy fats such as avocado, salmon and walnuts. Good fats contain antioxidants, help you maintain a steady blood sugar level and feel full longer.
- Follow a lower carbohydrate, higher healthy fat and protein diet during cancer treatment.This can help keep your blood sugar in check and may have anti-cancer benefits too.
- Lose weight/maintain a healthy weight.Weight loss, as directed by a physician or registered dietitian, is one of the best ways to stop diabetes as well as reduce risk of cancer recurrence.
- Know your numbers!If you get tested for diabetes and your blood glucose levels are high, but not high enough to be considered diabetes, it means you have prediabetes. This puts you at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Tests results indicating prediabetes are: A fasting blood glucose level of 100-125 mg/dl; an OGTT 2-hour blood glucose level of 140-199 mg/dl; or an A1C of 5.7-6.4%. Receiving a prediabetes diagnosis can be a wake-up call to start making changes to lead a healthier life.
- Involve your family.Ask family members to make lifestyle changes with you. You’ll significantly increase your chances of getting and staying motivated.
- Seek help from a registered dietitian.Ask your physician to refer a registered dietitian who is trained specifically in diet and lifestyle to help control your diabetes during cancer treatment.
In the study, researches looked at data from nearly 25,000 German participants to gauge the connection between ten specific healthy habits and a person’s chance of having a heart attack or stroke, or developing diabetes or cancer.
In a follow-up that took place about eight years later, about 2,000 of the 25,000 had developed one of the chronic diseases listed above. After adjusting for important variables, researchers found that people who hit all four of the healthy habits enjoyed a 78 percent overall lower risk of developing a chronic illness. Broken down, it translated into a 93 percent lower risk of developing diabetes, an 82 percent reduced risk of having a heart attack, a 50 percent lower risk of having a stroke, and a 36 percent reduced chance of developing cancer. Having a BMI below 30 was the single factor that gave the most protection.
How To Prevent Cancer And Diabetes In Your Life Time Naturally
From another study, a community health expert, Mrs Karounwi Israel, says pawpaw seeds can help in the management of diabetes, stop cancer growth, kill bacteria and heal viral infections.
Israel, the President of KARIS, a non-governmental organisation, which teaches people on many wonders of plants and fruits, spoke on the effects of pawpaw (papaya) seeds on diabetes and cancer.
The expert advised people not to discard pawpaw, also known as papaya seeds because of its many health benefits.
“Pawpaw is a good source of vitamin B and C, and one of its numerous health benefits is that it helps in the management of diabetes, but its seeds are also important to human health.
“Papaya seeds contain vital nutrients that help to heal cirrhosis of the liver, kill bacteria, heal viral infections, stop growth of cancer cells, inflammatory disease and kidney problems,” Israel said.
She explained how the seeds could be used in the management of diseases.
“Take five or six dried papaya seeds, grind them or crush them and take them with food or juice, do this every day for 30 days, you will have amazing results.
“Eating a small amount of fresh pawpaw seeds can also help to kill bacteria such as e.coli, Staph, Salmonella and also work well for food poisoning cases.
“It is also a good anti-viral agent helping to heal viral infection and can also help to detox the liver,” Israel said.
According to her, pawpaw seeds contain isothiocyanate which works well for colon, breast, lung, leukaemia and prostate cancer.
“Papaya seeds (pawpaw seeds) also contains an alkaloid “Carpaine” that kills intestinal worms and amoeba parasites.
“Pawpaw seeds are anti-inflammatory making them great for arthritis, joint diseases, swelling, pains, and redness,” Israel said.
She said that pawpaw seeds could also be used to make tea and substitute for pepper in food because of its peppery nature.
“As a precaution, pregnant women should not use papaya seeds, this is because it can extend to breastfeeding and may be too powerful to young children’s gastrointestinal tract.
“Additionally, the seed is not too good for men who are trying to impregnate their wives as it can reduce male fertility,” Israel said.
She advised people to always go for medical check to avoid emergency.
Brief description of diabetes
Diabetes, often referred to by doctors as diabetes mellitus, describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both. Patients with high blood sugar will typically experience polyuria (frequent urination), they will become increasingly thirsty (polydipsia) and hungry (polyphagia).
Fast facts on diabetes
Here are some key points about diabetes. More detail and supporting information is in the main article.
- Diabetes is a long-term condition that causes high blood sugar levels.
- In 2013 it was estimated that over 382 million people throughout the world had diabetes.
- Type 1 Diabetes – the body does not produce insulin. Approximately 10% of all diabetes cases are type 1.
- Type 2 Diabetes – the body does not produce enough insulin for proper function. Approximately 90% of all cases of diabetes worldwide are of this type.
- Gestational Diabetes – this type affects females during pregnancy.
- The most common diabetes symptoms include frequent urination, intense thirst and hunger, weight gain, unusual weight loss, fatigue, cuts and bruises that do not heal, male sexual dysfunction, numbness and tingling in hands and feet.
- If you have Type 1 and follow a healthy eating plan, do adequate exercise, and take insulin, you can lead a normal life.
- Type 2 patients need to eat healthily, be physically active, and test their blood glucose. They may also need to take oral medication, and/or insulin to control blood glucose levels.
- As the risk of cardiovascular disease is much higher for a diabetic, it is crucial that blood pressure and cholesterol levels are monitored regularly.
- As smoking might have a serious effect on cardiovascular health, diabetics should stop smoking.
- Hypoglycemia – low blood glucose – can have a bad effect on the patient. Hyperglycemia – when blood glucose is too high – can also have a bad effect on the patient.
Brief description of cancer
Cancer, also called malignancy, is an abnormal growth of cells. There are more than 100 types of cancer, including breast cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and lymphoma. Symptoms vary depending on the type. Cancer treatment may include chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery.
Guardian Newspaper, Nigeria, 23 Nov, 2016