Friday, February 10, 2006

New Fat-Cancer Study Underscores an Important Evolution (Not a Revolution) in Scientific Thinking

Kansas City InfoZine, February 10, 2006
This article provides comment and insight regarding the recently published study from the Women's Health Initiative which suggests that fat and cancer are unrelated. From the present article: "During the years the WHI has been gathering its data, the story on fat and cancer has become clearer and more precise. Results from laboratory, population studies and clinical trials have increasingly revealed that different kinds of fat influence health in general and cancer in particular in radically different ways. This study merely confirms what we've known for some time: 'total fat' is not the issue. Different kinds of fat affect tumor progression and other aspects of the cancer process in different ways that demand further research. While we continue to investigate these connections, people should continue to eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, increase their physical activity and watch their weight. The WHI study was simply not designed to track the divergent influences of different kinds of fat (saturated and trans-fats vs. fats from vegetable oil, nuts and fish.) Nor was it designed to study other factors only now attracting considerable scientific attention, such as how time of life influences the interaction of diet and cancer risk, the influences of weight and exercise, the role of genetic variation among individuals, and the specific effect of whole grains.The study also reinforces another fact that has emerged over the past decade: it is overall calorie intake, not fat alone, that plays a central role in risk for obesity and diseases related to it, such as cancer." --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--


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