Are starchy foods the new cigarette?
Even if you don’t smoke, a high-glycemic diet can lead to lung cancer.
That’s the surprising finding of a new study by the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. It found that people with a high-glycemic diet have a dramatically higher risk of lung cancer… Even if they don’t smoke.1
Researchers studied more than 1,900 lung cancer patients and more than 2,400 cancer-free people.
The scientists focused on the glycemic index of the subjects’ diets. Starchy foods, such as white bread and potatoes, have high-glycemic indexes. They cause spikes in blood sugar levels.
The people with the highest glycemic diets had a 49% greater risk of developing lung cancer than those with the lowest.2 Among nonsmokers, a high-glycemic diet more than doubled the odds of lung cancer.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of lung cancer. But researchers have long been puzzled by non-smokers getting the disease. This new study helps provide the answer.3
Besides white bread and potatoes, high-glycemic foods include white rice, bagels, pretzels, and corn flakes.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. It kills more than 150,000 Americans a year.
In Good Health,
Publisher, INH Health Watch
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