Over the past several years, many health warnings have come out against eating too many carbohydrates. While carbohydrates are necessary for energy production, the American diet is still a little too rife with them, and refined carbohydrates in particular.
But while eating too many carbohydrates can lead to higher risk for adipose fat and obesity (and its related health concerns), a new study warns that eating too many carbohydrates can also increase your risk for lung cancer.
And this risk can be much higher even if you have never smoked in your life.
Eating carbohydrates increases a person’s glycemic index. This is a metric which measures the effect of carbs on blood sugar; and a high glycemic index has now been found to indicate a higher risk for blood cancer, according to researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
“The results from this study suggest that, besides maintaining healthy lifestyles, such as avoiding tobacco, limiting alcohol consumption and being physically active, reducing the consumption of foods and beverages with high glycemic index may serve as a means to lower the risk of lung cancer,” explains Dr. Xifeng Wu, who is a professor of epidemiology at the University of Texas.
Unfortunately, lung cancer is the second most common form of cancer in the United States, though it may be the most deadly. Lung cancer is extremely dangerous because it is often not found until it is too late to do anything about it.
The good news, though, is that learning more about what might lead to lung cancer can help doctors better instruct patients to take the necessary preventive measures to reduce that risk. Of course, this includes cutting down or quitting smoking. Other recent research also suggests cutting down on red meat, saturated fats, and dairy. Now doctors can add reduction of carbohydrates to the list of possible behavioral modifications that can reduce risk; although they are not yet sure of the exact association.
Of course, this means they will continue to investigate the correlation to better determine how they are associated and what else can be done to improve health for all people facing cancer risks.