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Diet High on the Glycemic Index May Increase Risk of Lung Cancer

Posted on March 7, 2016 by Disability Help Group

The glycemic index (GI) is a method of ranking foods based on their carbohydrate content and how quickly the food affects the blood glucose levels. Nutritionists have often used the GI to make dietary plans, especially for diabetic or obese patients. Now, researchers from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center are looking at the GI and how certain diets could raise the risk of lung cancer.

A new study published in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention medical journal looked at the role of high-GI diets in lung cancer development. The researchers looked at 1,905 lung cancer patients and 2,413 healthy controls, and studied their diets and health.

The participants with the highest overall GI levels had a 49 percent higher risk of developing lung cancer compared to the participants with the lowest GI levels. Furthermore, the high-GI diets created a 92 percent higher risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma of the lung. Even participants who never smoked had a higher risk if their diet consisted of mainly high-GI foods.

The study did contain many limitations. The researchers could not make an accurate finding of whether or not high-GI diets definitively raise lung cancer risk at this time. However, past studies on GI and cancer revealed a connection between high-GI foods and stomach, colorectal, and pancreatic cancers.

The researchers need to complete further investigations to make a better case for reducing high-GI foods in at-risk cancer patients.

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