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Is there a sugar-insulin-cancer link?

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High fat coupled with high sugar diets may switch on an excess of your insulin genes in such a way that the genes express differently, pumping out more insulin than the body requires. If you look at those with colon cancer, you can see how their glucose (sugar) metabolic pathways and insulin signaling pathways are running at completely different levels than people who don’t have colon cancer. That's the basis of a new study. Check out the March 7, 2012 news release, Study shows how high-fat diets increase colon cancer risk.

Researchers found that colon cancer may be caused by excess insulin circulating in the body which likely is caused by eating too much fat and sugar. You don't want foods high in fat and sugar to change your body's methylation patterns.

Scientists studying trends in health, nutritional findings, or what treatments work better are able to share information by having numerous Internet-based hubs for looking at news releases that point to studies and abstracts published online and/or in print in medical and scientific journals.

You can find some pretty good news releases on health, diet, and stress. Check out these various March 7, 2012 healthy trends-related news releases on new studies: How repeated stress impairs memory, What does chronic stress in adolescence mean at the molecular level?, Pycnogenol (French maritime pine bark extract) shown to improve menopause symptoms in new study, Internet-based therapy relieves persistent tinnitus, The effect of catch-up growth by various diets and resveratrol intervention on bone status, More effective treatments urgently needed for adolescent depression, and Study shows how high-fat diets increase colon cancer risk.

You may wish to look at one of these new studies that reveal how high-fat diets may increase colon cancer risk. The Temple University study has been published this month in the journal Cancer Prevention Research. Observe how many of these studies focus on the effects of certain diets rather than only examining the results of specific drugs.

In that same journal, March 2012 issue, you also can find another study, Effects of Tomato- and Soy-Rich Diets on the IGF-I Hormonal Network: A Crossover Study of Postmenopausal Women at High Risk for Breast Cancer. Cancer Prev Res March 2012 5:498; Published OnlineFirst February 3, 2012; doi:10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-12-0011.

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