Friday April 26, 2019

Diet Soda May Keep Colon Cancer From Recurring: Researchers

Risk factors for colon cancer include obesity and poor diet

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The "soft drinks" were defined as caffeinated colas, caffeine-free colas and other carbonated beverages (such as diet ginger ale). Pixabay

People who drank diet soda after being treated for colon cancer are less likely to see a recurrence than those who didnt drink artificially-sweetened drinks, claims a Yale University study.

To reach this conclusion, researchers analysed 1,018 colon cancer patients.

Those who drank one or more 12-ounce artificially-sweetened drink a day saw a 46 per cent improvement in risk of cancer recurrence or death compared to those who didn’t drink such beverages, said the study published in the journal PLOS ONE.

The “soft drinks” were defined as caffeinated colas, caffeine-free colas and other carbonated beverages (such as diet ginger ale).

“Artificially sweetened drinks have a checkered reputation in the public because of purported health risks that have never really been documented,” said Charles S. Fuchs from the Yale University in Connecticut.

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Artificially sweetened drinks have a checkered reputation in the public because of purported health risks that have never really been documented. Pixabaay

“Our study clearly shows they help avoid cancer recurrence and death in patients who have been treated for advanced colon cancer and that is an exciting finding,” Fuchs added.

The research follows similar findings that showed that drinking coffee and eating tree nuts also may have a protective effect, Fuchs noted.

While various studies have suggested that poor dietary habits, such as high consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, may increase risk of colon cancer recurrence and patient mortality, “for colon cancer patients who have trouble abstaining from sweet beverages, choosing artificially sweetened options over sugar-sweetened beverages may allow them to avoid those health ramifications”, the researchers explained.

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Risk factors for colon cancer include obesity and poor diet.

“Concerns that artificial sweeteners may increase the incidence of obesity, diabetes, and cancer have been raised, but studies on issues such as weight gain and diabetes have been very mixed, and, regarding cancer, epidemiologic studies in humans have not demonstrated such relationships,” the study explained.

According to Fuchs, “in terms of colon cancer recurrence and survival, use of artificially-sweetened drinks is not a health risk, but is a healthier choice”. (IANS)

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Daily Consumption of Garlic, Onion Reduces Risk of Colon Cancer

Previous studies have found that allium vegetables have nutrients and bioactive compounds that can cut the risk of cancer, particularly cancers of the gastrointestinal tract

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Garlic is also known as the king of heart-healthy herbs, Pixabay

Consuming 50 grams of allium vegetables, which include garlic, leeks, and onions, daily can potentially reduce the risk of getting colorectal cancer, finds a study.

The study, published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, showed that the odds of having colorectal cancer was 79 per cent lower in adults who consumed high amounts of allium vegetables compared with those who consumed low amounts.

“The greater the amount of allium vegetables, the better the protection,” said Zhi Li, from the First Hospital of China Medical University.

“In general, the present findings shed light on the primary prevention of colorectal cancer through lifestyle intervention, which deserves further in-depth explorations,”Li added.

For the study, 833 patients of colorectal cancer were matched to 833 healthy controls by age, sex and residence area.

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Cancer Ribbon. Pixabay

Demographic and dietary information were collected via face-to-face interviews using a validated food frequency questionnaire.

However, the association of garlic intake with cancer risk was not significant among those with distal colon cancer, the Xinhua reported.

According to the study, the health benefits can be observed when one eats about 16 kg of allium vegetables every year or 50 grams every day.

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The researchers also pointed out that cooking method can affect the nutritional value of allium vegetables. For instance, crushing fresh garlic is beneficial but boiling onions reduces useful chemicals.

Previous studies have found that allium vegetables have nutrients and bioactive compounds that can cut the risk of cancer, particularly cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, the report said. (IANS)