When you think of lung cancer, the first trigger that comes to mind is smoking. If you are a non-smoker, your risk for lung cancer is low, right? Wrong.
In new research from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, a stunning reveal has emerged: anyone who consumes a diet rich in certain carbohydrates could be at risk for the disease.
High glycemic index diets are regimens that in turn trigger higher levels of insulin in the blood as they tend to be heavy in refined, ‘poor quality’ carbohydrates. Think white bread and white potatoes…
Given that the rates of obesity and heart risk factors in the United States are on the rise, it has also given way to a large number of Americans with insulin resistance, which is a precursor to diabetes. As such, insulin-linked disorders “have been implicated as potential contributors to a variety of chronic conditions, including certain cancers.”
By looking at the health and dietary histories of more than 1,900 people with lung cancer and 2,400 without the disease, investigatory looked at the intake of foods with a high glycemic index. Overall, people who registered in the top fifth in terms of a high-glycemic diet had a 49% greater risk of developing lung cancer compared to those in the bottom fifth.
Interestingly, this trend was even stronger when the study focused on people who had never smoked. In that group, those who scored highest in terms of a high-glycemic diet had more than double the odds of lung cancer compared to never-smokers who had the lowest glycemic index scores.
So what are your options if you consider yourself a non-smoker? Consider your food intake and how it might benefit from taking cues from Mediterranean diets, and consuming a healthy balance of probiotics and prebiotics.