“I don’t mind dying. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” –Woody Allen
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are widely used in the U.S. to treat or prevent heartburn and ulcers. For example, omeprazole is the 6th most prescribed drug in the U.S. according to one source. PPIs reduce acid production by the stomach. Doesn’t it make sense that God or Nature gave us that stomach acid for a reason? Like to kill germs or aid the digestive process?
From the British Medical Journal:
Taking PPIs is associated with a small excess of cause specific mortality including death due to cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, and upper gastrointestinal cancer. The burden was also observed in patients without an indication for PPI use. Heightened vigilance in the use of PPI may be warranted.
Source: Estimates of all cause mortality and cause specific mortality associated with proton pump inhibitors among US veterans: cohort study | The BMJ
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If you suffer from frequent heatburn, try cutting down on carbohydrates.
Steve Parker, M.D.
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In general, women are a bit less likely to get cancer than men. But having type 2 diabetes and obesity negates that advantage.
“If you’re a woman with type 2 diabetes, you may be interested in a recent study done regarding obesitiy-related cancer risk. The CDC says that 40 percent of cancers in the U.S. are associated with being overweight or obese. These include cancers of the breast, gallbladder, liver, thyroid, kidneys, uterus, pancreas, upper stomach, colon and rectum, ovaries, multiple myelomas, adenocarcinoma of the esophagus, and meningiomas.
When it comes to diabetes and obesity, the duo “seem to be partly overlapping risk factors for the development of obesity-related cancer”. This especially includes breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer in those with type 2 diabetes, according to study authors.”
Source: Study Looks at Women With Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity-Related Cancer Risk
Regarding prostate cancer, I’ve seen one study that concluded diabetics are less likely to get prostate cancer.
You need to worry about cancer because you have a roughly four in 10 chance of coming down with invasive cancer. (Skin cancers like squamous cell and basal cell are quite common, but rarely invasive.)
Dr. David Gorski is a breast cancer surgeon. He’s looked at the scientific literature on the linkage between diet and exercises, and the risk of developing cancer.
Here’s his conclusion from a review at Science-Based Medicine:
“You can reduce your risk of cancer by staying active and exercising, eating a healthy diet with a lot of plant-based foods and minimizing intake of processed meats, limiting alcohol consumption (although I think the WCRF/AICR guidelines go a bit too far in saying that you shouldn’t drink at all if possible), and maintaining a healthy weight. (Of course, if you stay active and eat a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight will probably not be a problem.) Conceptually, it’s easy to do. In practice, as I’m discovering, it’s anything but easy.”
Source: Diet and exercise versus cancer: A science-based view « Science-Based Medicine
The Mediterranean diet seems to protect against cancer.
Steve Parker, M.D.
PS: One of the reasons I write diet books is that I want to keep you from getting cancer.
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It was just a few months ago we learned that you’ll die of cancer if you tipple. Well, a new study says you can counteract the carcinogenic alcohol with adequate physical activity.
A story at CNN tells us how much exercise it takes :
“Specifically, they looked at the impact of the recommended amount of weekly exercise for adults, which is 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity. That includes brisk walking, swimming and mowing the lawn, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. HHS also advises strength training for all major muscle groups at least twice a week.”
Source: Exercise can cancel out the booze, says study – CNN.com
The rule of thumb on how much alcohol is relatively safe to drink is 7 typical drinks a week for women, and 14 for men.
Also remember that even one or two drinks under the right circumstances can have devastating consequences.
Steve Parker, M.D.
PS: All of my books have extensive recommendations on getting started with exercise, even if you’re a 300-lb couch potato.
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