Uh oh? Is it too early in the week to get a little serious about our health by dropping the C-bomb? Never!
Who the hellmans mayo isn't afraid of it? It's one of those creeper diseases that we don't truly understand in so many cases, but that seems to pop into our lives and those we love most, when we least expect it.
Is it possible to prevent it 100%? Of course not! Is anything 100% in this sweet perfect world? Nope. That's what makes life the sweet adventure with all the ups and downs. These, however, are my thoughts on the matter.
When I was sick with Crohn's, Colitis, IBS or whatever the doctor I was currently seeing wanted to call it, I wanted to do everything I could to make it go away. Once I got well, I wanted to do everything I could to keep it gone away. I figured, once I knew what worked for me to heal and maintain remission, why on earth would I want to jeopardize that for some silly little craving for salty buttered popcorn or toasted bagels and butter? The way I saw it, it would totally bite the big one if I got sick all over again and knew that there were things I did that fully contributed to a recurrence of the disease. If taking responsibility for our health is the first step in getting it back in order, than taking responsibility for our ill health might be the first step, before that other first step.
That, my sweetest-low-glycemic-loaders is why many agree with me when I say that sticking to a low glycemic diet helps a heap load in regaining and maintaining health, no matter what the chronic or acute health challenge may be- whether type two diabetes or a common cold. It is also a deliciously easy way to maintain weight (or even drop a few extra that have been jiggling about). Eating low-glycemic is a health building way to eat and if we are eating and living to build our health, we can't also be building diseases. It just doesn't work that way. And aside from the horrificness of sudden chemical exposures, weaknesses from birth etc., cancer, for the most part, is a slow-growing, built disease.
The glycemic load of our diet relates to cancer. Want a list of studies? (References here)
- A prospective cohort study in Italy reported a positive association between breast cancer risk and high-glycemic index diets as well as high dietary glycemic loads.
- A prospective study in Canada found that postmenopausal women with high overall dietary glycemic index values were at increased risk of breast cancer
- A prospective study in the U.S. found that premenopausal women with high overall dietary glycemic index values and low levels of physical activity were at increased risk of breast cancer.
- Higher dietary glycemic loads were associated with moderately increased risk of colorectal cancer in a prospective study of U.S. men
- One meta-analysis of case-control and cohort studies suggested that glycemic index and glycemic load were positively associated with colorectal cancer.
- Two separate meta-analyses reported that high dietary glycemic loads were associated with increased risk of endometrial cancer.
Now, bla bla bla right? I'm kind of bored by all that and I am sure, if you wanted to, you could find as many studies that disprove the association between high glycemic diets and cancer. That is the nature of scientific studies. Finding a study on the benefits of a high glycemic diet, refined and processed diet- now that would be tough!
What we do know, and what I believe is widely accepted, is that sugar feeds cancer. Highly sugary foods, for the most part, swing to the high glycemic index end of the scale. Therefore, scientific study or not, it is not much of a stretch to say that low glycemic foods, and an overall lower glycemic load of our diet, will not feed any such badness that may be growing within us and instead help to build up our big strong immune systems.