It’s no news that obesity is bad for the health of the young and old, and an increasingly scary epidemic in many nations. It’s linked to diabetes, heart health, arthritis, and many other disesases and physical ailments. Most recently, a new study out of UCLA has discovered a direct link between obesity and pancreatic cancer.
The study used mice with test groups fed different diets similar to that of humans that contribute to obesity. The obese mice developed a much higher frequency of lesions on their pancreas, just as humans do, that are the precursor to pancreatic cancer. Dr. Eibl who led the study explain the learnings from the mice as its relevance to humans:
“The development of lesions in mice is very similar to what happens in humans. These lesions take a long time to develop into cancer, so there is enough time for cancer preventive strategies, such as changing to a lower fat, lower calorie diet, to have a positive effect.”
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer in humans and is the fourth deadliest cancer killer in the United States. Its earliest symptoms often go unnoticed, and treatment options are minimal and often unsuccessful. Thus research around the disease has been concentrated on preventative strategies. The good news about this finding is that your risk of pancreatic cancer can be reduced with healthy habits of avoiding obesity. Here’s five tips for avoiding obesity today…
1. Avoid Trans Fats – these fats are hard for you body to convert to energy and contribute greatly to weight gein. These are also commonly known as hydrogenated oils on packaging. In addition cut down on fasts in general, avoiding frying foods with low quality oils (coconut, sunflower, and sesame oils are among the best options for high temperatures). Tools like the Zepter’s Masterpiece Cookware collection can help you achieve the effects of frying food without having to use large amounts of fatty oils.
2. Incorporate Exercise into Your Life – It’s not always easy to get a workout into a busy life. Whenever possible even 30 minutes three times a week can make a huge difference in your metabolism. When you’re busy, take the stairs whenever possible. Park you car farther away from the front door, walk to work and take a walk on your lunch break, or jump rope or do jumping jacks around the house. A little bit here and a little bit there can go a very long way.
3. Reduce Sugar Intake – Sugar intake is a huge cause of obesity. Even worse than natural sugars is high fructose corn syrup, the kind found in sodas, candies, and packaged treats. These offer your body little energy and lots of calories. Avoid sugar by cutting back sodas, sweet coffees, baked goods, and candies. Many sauces and dressings are also surprisingly high in sugar. If your craving something sweet, have a tea with honey, a piece of fruit, or a bit of dark natural chocolate. It will satisfy your craving without giving you a sugar rush. When you need sweetener, raw honey is a healthy option.
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