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How to Reduce Your Risk of Developing Pancreatic Cancer, Part 2

Earlier this year, I wrote an article that included several steps that you can take to reduce your risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

I just read a study in the September 2005 issue of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention which suggests that eating at least five portions of certain vegetables and fruits each day can reduce your risk of developing pancreatic cancer by 50 percent.

This study looked at the dietary habits of 2,200 people, 532 with pancreatic cancer, and 1,700 people with no signs of pancreatic cancer.

The following foods were found to be especially protective against pancreatic cancer:

  • Dark leafy vegetables
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Beans
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Citrus fruits
  • Corn

The authors of this study also found that raw vegetables may be more protective than cooked vegetables.

To reiterate the recommendations that I provided in my previous article on this topic, the four major causes of pancreatic cancer that I know of are:

  • Smoking
  • Being overweight for your height
  • Regular and excessive intake of any type of alcohol (beer, wine, hard liquor)
  • Regular consumption of processed meats and any meats that have been cooked with high-temperature methods - grilling, barbecuing, deep frying, and high temperature baking

Beyond increasing your intake of raw vegetables and fruits, six other steps that you can take to reduce your risk of developing pancreatic cancer are:

  1. Address the four risk factors listed above.
  2. Ensure regular intake of natural vitamin D.
  3. Reduce or eliminate intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates.
  4. Reduce or eliminate intake of unhealthy fats and oils.
  5. Work at obtaining deep, restful sleep every night.
  6. Learn how to effectively manage your emotional stressors.

I can remember only three people who have asked me for help upon being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer over the past nine years. Sadly, all three passed away within twelve months of their initial symptoms.

Pancreatic cancer is easily one of the most aggressive types of cancer that a person can develop. If you don't have enough motivation to quit smoking and/or drinking alcohol as soon as possible, please consider this information carefully.


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