Simple way to slash your risk of pancreatic cancer by up to 48 percent

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iv-vitamins(NaturalHealth365) Pancreatic cancer is one of the most insidious and deadly forms of cancer. It is estimated that in 2016, 53,070 people will be diagnosed with it.  Of these persons, a staggering 41,780 will die from it.

However, new findings have linked the simple act of increasing your intake of B vitamins and choline with a lowered risk of contracting the deadly disease of pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer very difficult to detect in early stages

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in both women and men. Most pancreatic cancers are classified as exocrine adenocarcinoma. While survival rates are based upon numerous factors, the one-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is 29 percent, and the 5-year survival rate is just 7 percent.

Pancreatic cancer is very often quite difficult to diagnose due to the fact that there aren’t any simple, affordable screening tests available at this time for finding it in the early, asymptomatic stages. It usually isn’t detected until it’s too late. Pancreatic cancer detected at early stages that allow for surgical tumor removal has a 5-year survival rate of 27 percent; however, if it has spread to the lymph nodes or surrounding tissues, 5-year survival drops to 11 percent or lower.

Clearly, there is a dire need for a reduction in the risk factors that lead to pancreatic carcinogenesis. Now, there is now exciting news from a University of Pittsburgh study revealing far lower cancer rates in persons who take key supplements.

Editor’s note: Dr. Linda L. Isaacs worked with Nicholas Gonzalez, M.D. for 24 years and continues to help cancer patients with several non-toxic treatment protocols.  In fact, for those suffering with pancreatic cancer – Dr. Isaacs has an extensive experience.  Contact Dr. Isaacs directly – if you have any questions about her medical practice.

Vitamins B6 and choline linked to reduced risk of pancreatic cancer

University of Pittsburgh researchers have found a link between the vitamins B6 and choline and a lowered risk of pancreatic cancer. The findings can be found in the publication Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.

The researchers looked at data from the Singapore Chinese Health database from 1993 to 1998 related to 63,257 subjects. Dietary questionnaire responses related to the intake of specific nutrients were scrutinized, including vitamin B6 and choline. With an average of more than 16 years of follow-up data, the study zeroed in on 271 persons with pancreatic cancer.

Among those patients who took the most consistent and substantial amounts of vitamin B6, a 48 percent lowered risk of pancreatic cancer was demonstrated. Persons who took the highest amounts of choline had a 33 percent reduced risk of pancreatic cancer.

Choline and B vitamins support optimal metabolism and cellular protection

It’s believed that vitamin B6 provides a supportive factor for key enzymes that are involved in methylation pathways and DNA synthesis. Vitamin B6 also seems to help protect DNA from oxidative damage. Choline is characterized as a methyl donor, which could assist in cellular protection against cancer.

Other benefits of B vitamins include a healthier metabolism, better blood and hormone health, and reduced risk of stroke. Choline is linked with liver functioning, brain health, muscle and nerve functioning, and a better metabolism. Are you getting enough choline and B vitamins in your diet?

References:

http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/75/15_Supplement/1882

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/pancreaticcancer/detailedguide/pancreatic-cancer-key-statistics

http://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/pancreatic-cancer/statistics

http://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2016/6/In-The-News/Page-01

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  • Bill Murphy

    What an easy fix, why isn’t this public knowledge? I never knew of this connection. What I have read is that smokers are at a higher risk. This may be because they have depleted this vitamin by their use of cigarettes.

    • Joyce Y

      Part of effect could be through smoking. However, the study adjusted for smoking.

  • Lena Evans

    I can’t image being healthy while having a deficiency of B vitamins. This is an essential nutrient. In fact it is known than many dementia patients are helped when they are given B vitamins.

    • Joyce Y

      Yeah, vitamin B6 is required for more than 100 enzymatic reactions in the human body. Although rare, some people had a mild deficiency of vitamin B6 such as people who use certain drugs, heavy drinkers, smokers, pregnant women, and the elderly. B6 comes a lot from natural foods beef liver, fish, banana, and spinach.

  • Dean Barlow

    The fact is standard treatment will lower not just immunity, but deplete stores of all vitamins and minerals. This will never be addressed by the medical community.

    • TMDC

      standard treatment of what? The cancer or the prevention treatment?

    • Joyce Y

      This is a good point. Maybe there are some studies conducted in cancer patients.

  • Robin Pollock Daniel

    What are the daily recommended intakes of B6 and choline?

    • Joyce Y

      This is a good article:
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK114308/
      The adequate intake for adults is 550 mg/day of choline for men and 425 mg/day for women.
      The RDA for young adults is 1.3 mg. Recently, the median intake of vitamin B6 from food in the United States was approximately 2 mg/day for men and 1.4 mg/day for women; in one Canadian population study the median intake was approximately 1.8 mg/day for men and 1.3 mg/day for women.

  • Xmen442002

    Pancreatic cancer as well as many other cancers can be eradicated within the body by increasing oxygen in the blood supply. Cancer is an anaerobic disease and can not survive in oxygen rich atmosphere.

    • Joyce Y

      Cancer is a complex disease and cannot be drawn to a single character.

      • Xmen442002

        It is not that complex Joyce.
        Most times it can be traced to environmental personal issues surrounding the person.
        Genetics has little to do with it as research is now indicating more and more.
        O2 is great therapy for cancer but not the only way to attack it.

  • Lynnie

    What most people do not know however, is that a huge percentage of the population carry genetic mutations (like MTFHR) that make the absorption of B vitamins and folate difficult, if not impossible, unless it is approached in a more scientific way. This is partly why SO many people have deficiencies in B-vitamins, and the various conditions that are frequently attributed to them.

    • Joyce Y

      Good point! Pregnant people and the elderly are also at risk for B6 deficiency.

  • Jonathan

    As a Natural Health practitioner, I wish I could support this, but we have to get better at reading studies, whether they come from the Big Pharma or the Big Supplement lobby. Just take a closer look.

    We start with 63,257 patients. We then LOSE 62,986 of these even before we look at the statistics of just 271 individuals. Then we are told that all of these patients have pancreatic cancer, but that those taking highest amount of B6 demonstrated a 48% lower risk of the disease. How on earth does that make any sense?

    We also need to notice that this is a retrospective observation. The ‘researchers’ will have been paid to comb through all the data for ANY positive trend. They will have looked at intakes of vitamin C, omega 3, multi vitamins, and so on, until they could identify an apparent benefit – retrospectively.

    Now we have to consider all the other variables. Ethnicity, age, gender, diet, stress and trauma (if you don’t know about this please look up “German New Medicine”) to mention just a few.

    Finally, what do we mean by B vitamins? Synthetic B vitamins have been shown to contribute to some very troubling health conditions. This is NOT the case with foods that are naturally high in B vitamins. So who asked the question of synthetic or organic?

    My point here is that this is a NON-Article that threatens the progress of real research into the way nature actually works. It is only when we are truly observant of actual biological laws that we can even begin to offer ‘natural medicine’.