Dr Bollmann, Skin Care Specialist, Anti-Aging Expert

As we age, we pay more attention to our health and disease. A friend of mine recently said, "I didn't think getting older would come this fast."

And as we age, it becomes more important to do everything possible to stay healthy. Sometimes it is very simple to do this. Not everything has to be complicated. Eating the right foods can go a long way to improve quality of life as we age.

A recent study shows an estimated one-third of all cancers may be attributable to excess body fat – including cancers of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, reproductive organs, urinary tract, blood, bone, and thyroid. The study shows two different measures emerged as strong predictors of cancer risk. Specifically, the adherence to alcohol recommendations -- limiting alcoholic drinks to two for men and one for women a day -- was protective against obesity-related cancers combined and against breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers.

In addition, among participants who consume starchy vegetables, eating sufficient non-starchy plant foods (fruits, vegetables, and legumes) was associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer. 

The study authors conclude that: “Lower alcohol consumption and a plant-based diet consistent with the cancer prevention guidelines were associated with reduced risk of obesity-related cancers.”



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