How does diet influence recurrence?


Question from CLTann: In today's paper, there is an article about having fruits and vegetables as diet vs. another control group using regular diet. The study result showed no difference in cancer recurrence rate. On the home page of this network, another report shows Chinese women adopting a Western diet have a much higher cancer rate. Who should we listen to?
Answers - Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. The scenario that you have put forth is one of two very different groups being studied. When we look at the incidence of Chinese women adopting a Western diet having an increased cancer rate, there are many factors that come into play. Asian women that move to the U.S. and adopt a higher fat content/lower fruit and vegetable intake have clearly been shown to have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. There are likely several factors that are causing this effect. The first is a diet higher in fat can lead to excessive weight gain and also an increase in circulating estrogen, therefore stimulating cells in the body that, if they have the potential to become cancerous, can do so. The other factors that come into play is that Asian cultures that have very strong meditative practices tend to have a less stressful day-to-day existence, and the adoption of the Western mentality of working to excess at the expense of your spiritual well-being is yet another factor. In the study looking at an article of a diet of fruit and vegetables vs. a regular diet, I would be very interested to know the amount of carbohydrates and other factors in that diet as there is not enough information about those two groups for me to be able to understand what the true difference in those groups are.

On Wednesday, July 18, 2007, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Vitamins and Herbal Supplements. Gary Deng, M.D., Ph.D. and moderator Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answered your questions about how to safely and sensibly incorporate vitamins and supplements into your diet.

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