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10/31/07- East Texas

Body Fat Linked To Cancer

It may not be what you add to your diet but what you take out that will help protect you against cancer. We've always heard that eating right and getting exercise is the best way to fight diseases, but a new study suggests very strict dieting guidelines will help you to avoid certain types of cancer.

We now have even more evidence that being overweight can cause certain types of cancer: Endometrial, esophagus, pancreatic, bowel, post-menapausal breast, and kidney cancers.

So, how do you avoid them? The study's suggestions may seem a little over-the-top but here they are:

Limit your intake of salt to no more than one teaspoon a day.

"It has to do with what we snack on each day," said Dr. Coty Ho, Onocologist at U.T. Health Center.  "Especially the chips and some of the canned foods and soups that we have, which are high in salt intake."

Remember this the next time you go out for a steak dinner. The study suggests eating no more than 2 and a half ounces of red meat per day. That also equals about four quarter-pounders a week, or 18 ounces.

Processed meat? Forget it. The study says take things like bacon and sausage completely out of your diet.

"That's probably not realistic, it's going to be extremely hard for anyone to do that," said Ho.  "I think the best advice is to cut back as much as possible."

That includes cutting back on alcohol as well. Two drinks a day for men and only one drink a day for women.

"I think an excess of alcohol may affect breast cancer more and have an adverse effect, putting the patient at a greater risk for certain types of cancer," said Ho. 

Other cancer-fighting recommendations: cut back on surgary sodas, smoking, and of course stay as physically active as possible. This study, by "The American Institute of Cancer," is based on 7,000 cancer studies dating as far back as the 1960's.    

Courtney Lane, Reporting

clane@kltv.com  

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