Two people in my neighborhood have pancreatic cancer, and my favorite actor Patrick Swayze died of it.
What’s going on? Is there any way we can we protect ourselves against this disease?
–E.D. New York City
Pancreatic cancer was among the top 5 leading cancers in the United States. It’s extremely aggressive and more than 250,000 people die of it every year worldwide. I too was very sad when Dirty Dancing star, Patrick Swayze died from it.
With cancer, there are many factors at play, but no single smoking gun. If you have diabetes, gallbladder disease, Celiac disease or liver damage, your risk of pancreatic cancer is higher. There are also many household items and foods that increase your risk for pancreatic disease, so here are 5 things I want you to get rid of in your life starting today:
1. Hard alcohol:
Hard alcohol is a liquid bullet aimed for your liver and pancreas. It causes free radical damage which increases your risk for pancreatitis, which often precedes cancer of the pancreas. Don’t trade in your pancreas for a glass of booze every night.
Just like alcohol, cigarettes spark loose cannons in your body that destroy healthy cells and promote the growth of cancerous ones. A study published in the journal Cancer proved that tobacco was an environmental trigger for pancreatic cancer in predisposed patients.
3. Foods that contain high fructose corn syrup:
High fructose corn syrup, or HFCS, is a very concentrated sweetener that forces your pancreas to secrete a truckload of insulin in order to neutralize the blood sugar spike that occurs after consumption. High insulin blood levels increase your risk of many diseases, including pancreatic cancer. In fact, there is an undeniable link between high insulin (as well as insulin-resistance) with pancreatic cancer according to a study published in JAMA.
The second reason I want you to get rid of items containing HCFS is because it causes obesity. Obesity affects levels of two other hormones called leptin and adiponectin. When those two hormones fall out of balance, it appears that your risk for pancreatic cancer increases as well. Besides, obesity is an absolute risk factor for pancreatic cancer.
4. Non-stick pots:
Animal studies show that a chemical called PFOA is tied to cancer. Some experts warnthat non-stick pots are a source of this chemical. It’s safer to cook with stainless steel.
5. Soft plastics:
There are numerous research articles that link phthalates—found in soft plastics like teething rings and water bottles—to cancer, including prostate, breast and pancreatic cancer.
Did You Know?
The herb curcumin may benefit people with pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer.
In addition to writing a syndicated column on health which reaches 20 million people each week, Suzy is the author of a number of books on natural health.
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