(NaturalHealth365) Diabetes must not be ignored. In fact, a surprise to most women, those with the highest glucose levels are 63% more likely to develop breast cancer. A study of 33,293 women – which measured fasting and after meal glucose spikes – found those in the highest range were 75% more likely to develop cancer.
These are startling statistics, but an even more interesting fact shows that even a temporary state of glucose intolerance such as gestational diabetes has a long term effect. In these women, there is a 7-fold increase of pancreatic cancer.
Dangerous misconceptions about diabetes
What is known is diabetics have a higher cancer risk – especially (specifically) breast cancer. But, what is less known is those that have impaired glucose metabolism – which falls below the diagnostic threshold for diabetes – have an increased risk of cancer as well.
A Swedish study shows women with high blood sugar may be more likely to develop cancer, even if they don’t have diabetes. In addition, a high glucose level is associated with a poorer outcome for people who have been diagnosed with a malignancy.
A recent study of newly diagnosed non-small cell lung cancer patients showed a 69% increased risk of all causes of mortality – when fasting glucose was over 126 mg/dL. Understand, this is not a particularly high blood sugar reading – conventionally speaking.
Women with fasting glucose over 89.5 mg/dL had a 44% increase in breast cancer incidence. Plus, women with a fasting glucose level over 99.5 mg/dL had a 66% increased breast cancer risk – compared to those with lower fasting glucose levels.
Diabetes increases your risk for pancreatic cancer
A study conducted by Harvard Medical School found that women who ate high-glycemic foods that increase blood glucose levels as teenagers had a higher incidence of breast cancer later in life.
When researchers looked at specific types of cancer, they found that both men and women with the highest blood sugar levels were more likely to have pancreatic cancer, urinary tract cancer, and malignant melanoma than those with the lowest blood sugar levels.
So, what is the ‘take home’ message?
It’s estimated that the average American eats almost his or her entire body weight in sugar – every year. When you eat simple sugars, your blood sugar levels rise quickly, causing your pancreas to release a large amount of insulin.
Normal breast cells and cancer cells have insulin receptors on them. When insulin attaches to the receptor, it has the same effect on the cell as when estrogen attaches to the receptor.
High insulin levels make more estrogen available to attach to the estrogen receptors in breast tissue. Insulin regulates how much estrogen is available to attach to the receptors.
Also, keep in mind, protein binders travel with estrogen and are what prevents it from attaching. The higher your insulin levels, the fewer number of protein binders occur allowing estrogen free range.
This is what happens after a high-sugar meal…
Research shows that right after you eat a high-sugar meal, your immune system function drops drastically. Sugar decreases T lymphocyte (a type of white blood cell), function by 50-94 percent. This effect lasts for a minimum of five hours.
Bottom line – if you want a strong immune system to avoid cancer – eat lots of whole, unprocessed foods loaded with natural fiber, complex carbohydrates, proteins and health fats to reduce stress to your biological systems.
How do I prevent highly-toxic, excess insulin levels?
Insulin becomes a toxic hormone in people who secrete levels above average. Reducing excess serum insulin is of utmost importance for overall health.
To avoid consuming glucose spiking foods and drinks means avoiding fruit juices as well as refined grains. Conversely, oatmeal, barley, cinnamon, green coffee beans and have been shown to lower blood sugar levels.
Exercise lowers blood sugar levels, according to the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Muscles use glucose as fuel, so any type of activity can bring blood sugar levels down.
One word of caution, many diabetics experience blood sugar spikes and/or imbalances due to electromagnetic pollution (EMF). It’s best to avoid cordless phones, wireless routers, minimize cell phone usage and exercise in natural settings – to avoid excess EMF pollution from treadmills and other electronic equipment.
Studies indicate that only a small amount of excess sugar consumption each day can create problems with insulin regulation. Stevia, luo han guo and xylitol are good sugar substitutes.
Obviously, overeating will cause greater amounts of insulin to be secreted from the pancreas. A poor diet is a crucial factor contributing to the loss of insulin sensitivity. The loss of insulin sensitivity contributes to excess insulin release – as the body tries to force serum glucose into cells.
What is insulin sensitivity?
Insulin sensitivity describes how sensitive the body is to the effects of insulin. Conventionally speaking, someone said to be insulin resistant will require more insulin from either the pancreas or by injection to lower blood glucose levels. Simply put, low insulin sensitivity can cause a variety of health issues, but too much insulin in the body can cause obesity, hypertension, heart disease and, even cancer.
The best protection from producing high insulin levels is an organic diet – focusing on a plant based foods along with some grass-fed animal products – although it is not required – for optimal health. Naturally, if you’re suffering with blood sugar issues, it’s best to work with a holistically-minded physician for best results.
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