The Link Between Diabetes and Cancer

I don’t know how many of our readers read the Natural Grocers , The Nutrition Reporter, by Jack Challem*.  He reported on Diet, Insulin, and Breast Cancer Link on Sunday, October 16, 2011. “Recently doctors have discovered that type 2 diabetes –characterized by elevated blood sugar and insulin levels – increases the risk of some cancers, particularly those of the breast, colon, and pancreas.”

Whoa!  Challem cited a study done by Geoffrey C. Kabat, Ph.D., of the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, NYC.  His study tracked the health of 5,450 women.  These women were also part of a larger study of 162,000 women, “some of whom were given hormone therapy, dietary treatments, or calcium and vitamin D supplements.  After eight years of follow up, Kabat found that postmenopausal women with high insulin levels were twice as likely to develop breast cancer, compared with women who had relatively low insulin levels.”

Challem also talks about high levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1).  It is associated with a greater risk of breast cancer.

Challem urges us to eat Fresh Foods, Quality Protein and High-Fiber Vegetables and Fruits.  Health Now Wealth Forever has been presenting many blogs urging the same information.  I was really glad to again see an article that again stresses Fresh Food—urging us away from the packaged, processed foods that contain little to no nutritional value.  Eating Quality Protein helps lower blood sugar, stimulates the release of glucagon— a hormone that counteracts and lowers insulin, and helps maintain muscle.  Then there are the High-Fiber Vegetables and Fruits.  These high-fiber foods also help stabilize and lower blood sugar.

In the fifties, when corporations and manufacturers started to dictate and produce our food instead of the local farmer, baker, etc., we started down this path to obesity, diabetes and cancer, plus many other diseases.  We have allowed this to happen—to make our lives easier.  We have addicted ourselves to the easy way—fast foods, processed foods, boxed and canned foods so much so our children do not know what real food is.  To become healthy, we are going to have to be the watchdogs—acknowledge that the easy way we have become addicted to has brought on all these health problems.  We have allowed this, now is the time to start waking up—MYSELF INCLUDED.


*Natural Grocers, The Nutrition Reporter by Jack Challem is an advertisement flyer in the local Sunday newspaper. Jack Challem will produce references on request. You can read all Natural Grocers’ articles here.


About Marilyn

I am a "retired senior" (I've been a school librarian and library tech for a government research facility) who is now pursuing a dream of a home business sewing bags of all sorts, crafting and being the creative person I have always wanted to be. I grew up in the center of Illinois and dreamed of actually living back in the state of Colorado where I was born and lived till the age of 7. That dream came true when I met my husband of 43 years while working together in Estes Park. I am interested in alternative medicine, continuing the good health I've always had, while returning to the pre-processed food era of: eating well, losing weight, and using products that do not harm the environment, me, my family and friends. I am for labeling GMO’s, using sustainable products, organics and finding solutions to everyday problems, like colds and sore muscles, using natural remedies. I have a positive attitude that has helped through a very hard year and will bring forth a life that will be full and happy. My family is wonderful and I am a happy lady, wife, mother, and grandma.

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