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Carbohydrate Consumption May Increase Colon Cancer Recurrence / Natural Standard

November 19, 2012

A starchy diet that is high in carbohydrates may increase the risk of recurrence and death in people who have colon cancer, a study reports.

Researchers assessed 1,011 colon cancer patients who reported dietary intake during and six months after receiving chemotherapy. All subjects were in stage III of the disease, the second-to-latest stage of colon cancer. The research team collected information that included the subjects’ fructose and carbohydrate intake, and conducted tests to determine if these factors affect cancer recurrence and related death. They also measured the patients’ glycemic index, blood sugar increase after eating, and glycemic load, the amount of carbohydrate intake.

People who had a higher glycemic load and carbohydrate intake had a significantly increased risk of experiencing colon cancer recurrence or death, compared to those with lower levels. This connection appeared to be greater in patients who were overweight or obese.

via Natural Standard – Database Home.

via Natural Standard – Database Home.

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