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How Do Carbohydrates Affect Lung Cancer Risk?

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How Do Carbohydrates Affect Lung Cancer Risk?

Doctors at the MD Anderson Cancer Center have recently found a potential connection between diet and lung cancer risk. They discovered that people who ate a diet heavy in certain carbohydrates had a significantly higher risk for this type of cancer than those who ate fewer carbs. These findings were especially pronounced in non-smokers. Here’s what Altamonte Springs home care providers need to know to protect their loved ones from lung cancer.

About the Study

Researchers studied over 1,900 lung cancer patients and compared their diet with over 2,400 people without cancer. They found that subjects with the highest daily glycemic index (GI) had a nearly 50 percent higher risk of lung cancer than those with the lowest GI.

Understanding the Findings

Glycemic index indicates how quickly certain foods raise a person’s blood sugar. High GI foods such as white bread, rice, and baked potatoes cause blood sugar spikes, which are unhealthy and can damage the body’s normal insulin response. Scientists believe a high GI diet that leads to insulin resistance may impact cell growth and subsequently increase cancer risk. This link has not been proven conclusive however, and there are several other factors at play including overall diet quality.

Implications for Seniors

A well-balanced diet is essential for overall health, and this study provides another reason why seniors should focus on good nutrition. High GI foods have been linked with a myriad of other conditions such as obesity and diabetes, many of which concern seniors already. In order to help their loved ones stay as healthy as possible, family caregivers should encourage them to eat a diet low in poor-quality carbohydrates and high in fiber, lean proteins, fruits and vegetables. A varied and balanced diet benefits a senior health in a variety of ways and may decrease the risk of cancer. Seniors should focus on eating foods that are low on the glycemic index in order to maintain optimal health.

Seniors can also reduce cancer risk by turning to Prestige Home Care. In addition to promoting health and wellness by preparing nutritious meals and encouraging regular exercise, we also provide comprehensive stroke, Alzheimer’s, and dementia home care in Altamonte Springs to help seniors recuperate from injury and manage illnesses. Contact us today at [phc_phone] to schedule a free in-home consultation with an experienced Care Manager.

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Kimberly Miller, RN, is a proud Florida native with an unwavering commitment to elder care that spans an impressive 25 years. Her extensive journey through central Florida’s hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospice companies has not only honed her understanding of disease processes but has also cultivated a profound expertise in navigating the intricate landscape of elder care. Kimberly’s dedication to delivering the highest quality of care to patients and their families is evident in every facet of her career.Armed with certifications as an assisted living administrator, Kimberly’s primary focus on customer service and her drive to address the holistic needs of individuals—mind, body, and soul—have led her to a resounding conclusion: home care is the future of personalized, high-quality care. Her conviction is rooted in the understanding that a combination of healthy nutrition, physical and mental exercise, and social engagement is directly linked to improved physical and mental well-being.The recent global pandemic has served as a poignant reminder of the limitations of institutional care, further strengthening Kimberly’s resolve. Motivated by a profound desire to make a meaningful difference, she has taken the helm at Prestige Home Care. Here, Kimberly is dedicated to providing a level of care that goes beyond industry standards—a level of care she would wholeheartedly entrust to her own family.