Diet high in animal protein and intestinal bacteria key in colon cancer 
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 Diet high in animal protein and intestinal bacteria key in colon cancer

Roman Bystrianyk, "Diet high in animal protein and intestinal bacteria
key in colon cancer", Health Sentinel, February 5, 2007,

Colorectal cancer is the most common gastrointestinal cancer and the
second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. In fact,
the National Cancer Institute estimates that in 2007 there will be
approximately 150,000 new colorectal cancer cases with over 50,000
deaths.

African Americans have a high rate of colon cancer, occurring at a
rate of 65 per 100,000. However, native African's rate of colon cancer
is far lower, occurring at less than 1 case per 100,000. Because
African Americans have a rate 65 times higher of getting colon cancer
than native Africans strongly suggests that differences in environment
influence this disease.

Previous studies have shown that over 90% of gastrointestinal cancers
are due to environmental influences such as diet. Strong epidemiologic
and experimental evidence indicates that a diet high in red meat and
animal fat is associated with an increased colon cancer risk.

Over 88,000 women aged 34 to 59 from the Nurses Health Study were
examined to determine the link between diet and colon cancer. The
analysis showed that those who frequently ate beef, pork, and lamb
were 2.5 times more likely to develop the disease. Those who ate
processed meats and liver were also at an increased risk, while those
eating fish and skinless chicken were at a decreased risk.

In another study, the EPIC study, a database of over 470,000 men and
women from 10 European countries was examined. Colorectal cancer was
positively associated with a dietary high in red and processed meat,
but inversely associated with a diet high in fish.

A review of 13 published studies found a significant association with
a diet in meat and the risk of colon cancer. The study found that for
each 100 grams of meat eaten each day there was a 12-17% increase in
the risk of colon cancer.

A recent study published in The Journal of Nutrition attempts to
answer why African Americans get more colon cancer than native
Africans. They examined the diets of a number of African Americans as
compared to native Africans. They also examined the intestinal
bacteria of the study participants as there is evidence that a diet
high in meat inhibits beneficial bacteria and promotes detrimental
bacteria. Hydrogen-producing bacteria harm the digestive lining, or
mucosa, while methane-producing bacteria protect the mucosa by
detoxifying the hydrogen into methane.

They found that African Americans consume more protein, fat, animal
protein, and cholesterol that native Africans. They also found that
African Americans have a higher amount of the damaging hydrogen-
producing bacteria and a lower amount of the beneficial methane-
producing bacteria than their studied native African counterparts.
"Our results suggest that the significantly higher intakes of animal
protein and fat and the higher colonic colonization with hydrogen-
producing bacteria and lower activity of colonic mathanogenic (methane
producing) bacteria help explain the higher risk of colon cancer in
African Americans."

The researchers also examined the colons of native Africans versus
African Americans. They found that the colons of native Africans were
"far healthier" than those of matched Americans. Epithelial cell
proliferation is a marker for cancer risk and the researchers found
that rate to be more than 10 times greater in African Americans which
the researchers found "particularly striking".

The authors conclude that the risk of colon cancer is determined by an
overall lifetime of environmental factors some of which promote
intestinal health and some of which are detrimental for intestinal
health. "Our study confirms the USDA [United States Department of
Agriculture] figures that suggest Americans, and particularly African
Americans, consume excess quantities of animal protein and fat and
lead us to the conclusion that a healthier lifestyle that includes
less meat and more fruit, vegetables, grains, and exercise should be
beneficial not only for the colon but also for general health."

SOURCE: The Journal of Nutrition, January 2007

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Fri, 24 Jul 2009 08:33:48 GMT
 Diet high in animal protein and intestinal bacteria key in colon cancer

[...]

Quote:
>  "Our study confirms the USDA [United States Department of
> Agriculture] figures that suggest Americans, and particularly African
> Americans, consume excess quantities of animal protein and fat and
> lead us to the conclusion that a healthier lifestyle that includes
> less meat and more fruit, vegetables, grains, and exercise should be
> beneficial not only for the colon but also for general health."

> SOURCE: The Journal of Nutrition, January 2007

> http://www.healthsentinel.com/org_news.php?event=org_news_print_list_...

They say "less meat and more fruit, vegetables, grains, and exercise..."
to those who "consume excess quantities of animal protein and fat" and
supposedly small quantities of fruit and vegetables, and have little
exercise.
That seems to me quite reasonable. Still not a reason to give up meat if
you eat it in moderate or *not so high* quantities and in a balanced diet,
with lots of vegetables and stuff.
Besides, there are types of meat better to limit or avoid, for instance
processed meat, or fat red meat that's almost burnt.

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Sun, 26 Jul 2009 16:57:03 GMT
 
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