By Dean L. Jones, C.P.M.
Only just a couple of days ago, medical science released new findings from a controlled study that compared to normal weight women, obese women were 40% more likely to have a breast cancer recurrence and 69% more likely to die from it. The most startling facts confirmed that even being moderately overweight is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer recurrence.
Although male breast cancer makes up less than 1% of all cases of breast cancer, every American woman has a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer. Well over 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and nearly 40,000 women in the U.S. will die from the disease. These are some terrible statistics, which are real enough to wonder why we allow ourselves to become victims of poor eating habits. If we take serious the medical facts, then why are we so slow with adjusting to easy ways to avoid the obvious solutions? The idea of eating ingredients that we know are going to put on weight is mindboggling when we know that being overweight can cause cancer.
It is old news that have linked obesity with breast cancer recurrence, but these newly referenced studies are the first to fully agree on the same trend even among women who are overweight but not obese. While listening to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie take jabs at California State Governor, I found out that he is over 330 pounds. Being this much overweight is classified as obese and for some reason he reminds me of Oliver Hardy (famed Laurel and Hardy comedy team) who was recorded in 1954 to be at 350 pounds at his peak weight.
If we can learn anything from our ancestors it is that eating and drinking wrong will result in bad outcomes. Beside breast cancer, this thing called obesity is associated with increased risks of many types of cancers, attacking the esophagus, endometrium (the lining of the uterus), colon, rectum, kidney, pancreas, thyroid, gallbladder, and possibly other cancer types. It all comes down to increased levels of insulin in the blood (known as hyperinsulinemia or insulin resistance), which scientist say may promote the development of certain tumors in the body.
The overwhelming disease that touches every family at one time or another is cancer. Any type of cancer cell caustically feeds on processed sugar like a chemically induced fuel. So the question remains; why do we unnecessarily subject ourselves so often to eating and drinking things that contain processed sugar that routinely sends our insulin over the top? For that reason, we should continually reduce or avoid how much processed sugar and high fructose corn syrup we consume on a day-to-day basis, knowing the more poorly one eats, the more cancer cells get a chance to attack the body.
Mr. Jones is a marketing strategist with Southland Partnership Corporation (a public benefit organization), sharing his view on mismanagement practices of packaged foods & beverages.