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5 Lifestyle Cancer Prevention Tweaks

From eNewsletter 4/4/2022

DID YOU KNOW that it is always best to keep your mobile phone away from your body as much as possible? Particularly for males, keeping your phone in your pocket or near your groin for most of the day could lower sperm count, according to a new study from Environmental Research. Radiofrequency electromagnetic waves were found to damage sperm concentration, viability, and motility. Note that increased mobile phone exposure, not actual use, was the culprit. Thus, keeping your mobile phone off your person as much as possible is warranted.

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5 Lifestyle Cancer Prevention Tweaks

Steve: Recent research exhibits five finite tweaks in lifestyle that can prevent cancer risk throughout your lifetime. Avoid Artificial Sweeteners (and regular sweeteners as well of course) A study from PLOS Medicine suggests that some artificial sweeteners are associated with increased cancer risk. To evaluate the potential carcinogenicity of artificial sweeteners, researchers analyzed data from 102,865 adults. Those consuming larger quantities of artificial sweeteners, particularly aspartame and acesulfame-K, had a higher risk of overall cancer compared to non-consumers. Minimize or Eliminate Food Additives In the same group from the artificial sweetener study, food additive nitrates and nitrites, and trans fatty acids were found to be associated with increased cancer risks. Not to be mistaken for natural nitrates (such as those found in arugula and beets), nitrates and nitrites are often added to conventional deli meats and the like. Trans fatty acids have been mostly removed from the food supply, but are still be found in many junk foods. Avoid Heavy Drinking as a Young Adult Heavy drinking during early adulthood may raise the risk for alcohol-related cancers, even after drinking stops or decreases in middle age, according to a new study from International Journal of Cancer. Although alcohol is a known risk factor for cancer, people generally do not expect their heavy drinking in early adulthood to affect their cancer risk many years later. The study assessed lifetime drinking trajectories and risk for alcohol-related cancer using data from 22,756 women and 15,701 men. During 485,525 person-years of follow-up among women, the most common alcohol-related cancers were breast (64%) and colorectal cancer (31%). During 303,218 person-years of follow-up among men, the most common was colorectal cancer (83%). Finally, when compared to abstainers at a young age, the cancer risk for heavy drinkers rose exponentially. Calcium and Vitamin D In a study from Cancer, Causes, and Control, for calcium intake, there was a 6% decrease in colorectal cancer risk for every 300 mg of calcium ingested daily up to 900 mg. (supplementally). Regarding vitamin D intake, there was a 4% decrease in the risk of colorectal cancer risk per 100 IU/day of vitamin D3 (the study only went up to 1000 IU/per day. DIM Vegetables A compound in broccoli and cabbage can induce cell death in patients with breast, prostate, and colon cancer, a new study in PLOS One explains. Researchers have discovered that a molecule in these vegetables breaks down into the compound Diindolylmethane, or DIM. It may sound strange that a cell-killing compound helps an organism live longer, but DIM targets cells that are exponentially multiplying out of control, like cancerous tumors. Therefore, if DIM can kill these cells, an organism will live longer.