White Bread causing Lung Cancer?

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Scribe: Samuel Otis

Email: Samuel@thethinkering.com

 

In the United States more than 150,000 people are expected to die from lung cancer this year.  Lung cancer is also the second most common cancer in both men and women in this country.  According to a new study it’s not always smoking that causes the deadly disease. 

Dr. Stephanie Melkonian, of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center said, 'We observed a 49 per cent increased risk of lung cancer among subjects with the highest daily GI compared to those with the lowest daily GI.'

Her new study suggests carbohydrates may be bad for your lungs.  Specifically, foods with a high glycemic index, like white bread or bagels, puffed rice and corn flakes could increase the risk of lung cancer.  Non-smokers account for 12 percent of those who succumb to lung cancer in America annually. 

Save yourself and eat low GI foods, those include pumpernickel bread, rolled or steel-cut oatmeal, wholemeal pasta and whole wheat bread. 

Tobacco is the leading cause of lung cancer for those who never smoked it’s not always second hand smoke causing cancer.  According to recent reports Dr. Melkonian said: “Diets high in glycemic index result in higher levels of blood glucose and insulin, which promote perturbations [disturbances] in the insulin-like growth factors (IGFs).”

“Previous research suggests increased levels of IGFs are associated with increased lung cancer risk.” She continued, 'However, the association between glycemic index and lung cancer risk was unclear.'

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