Are cancer survivors eating their way out of remission?

I think it’s fair to say that cancer is a game-changer. And when you’ve faced down the disease and lived to tell the tale, your priorities shift — a lot. With a new emphasis on living each day to the fullest — and, presumably, the healthiest. Or so you’d expect.

But the results from a study published late last year in the journal Cancer suggest quite the opposite. And as it turns out, a lot of people with a history of cancer may actually be eating their way right out of remission.

To see how well survivors were faring in the diet department, a team of Tufts researchers reviewed data spanning more than a decade from the Nutritional Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). And their findings were eye-opening, to say the least.

Among them:

• Overall, cancer survivors didn’t stick to standard dietary guidelines. Of course, those guidelines are pretty flawed to begin with. But this finding concerns me nonetheless, considering cancer survivors diets’ were particularly lacking in green vegetables.

• Survivors also consumed less fiber and more empty calories from fat and added sugar.

• Intake of vitamin D, vitamin E, potassium, and calcium were all significantly below the recommended levels. (And as you know, the RDI is hardly sufficient as it is. So if you’re only meeting 31 percent of it — as was the case with cancer survivors’ intakes of life-saving vitamin D — you’re going to run into some very serious problems.)

I have to say, these trends are absolutely horrifying to me. But with the way the mainstream continually discredits diet and nutritional supplements as effective ways to prevent cancer, can you really blame patients in remission for thinking that nutrition doesn’t matter? (Not to mention that when doctors do offer nutritional advice, it’s often woefully misguided — to the point of being deadly.)

I’ve said it a million times, and I’ll say it again: Your nutrition absolutely does matter. Remission is a battle hard-won — but the war against cancer is lifelong, and it starts at your dinner table.

Without the right nutritional defense, your chances of a long, healthy, disease-free life get slimmer by the day.

Admittedly, it can be hard to know what to eat when virtually no one in the field seems to agree on the subject. And worse, when lethal dietary myths — particularly those that vilify fat and animal protein and lean heavily on carbohydrates — continue to persist.

That’s why I put together my own survival guide for fighting cancer with food (and other safe, natural approaches). It’s titled Cancer-Free for Life, and if you or someone you love is facing cancer — whether you’re in remission or still in treatment — this is must-have information that might just save your life.

You can learn more about it or order a copy today by clicking here or calling 1-888-884-7768 and asking for order code EOV1S8AB.

 

SOURCE:

Zhang FF, et al. “Diet quality of cancer survivors and noncancer individuals: Results from a national survey.” Cancer. 2015 Dec 1;121(23):4212-21.


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