Pancreatic Cancer:

How to Reduce Your Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

By Dr. Ben Kim

According to a study in the Journal of the National Cancer Instittute, regular intake of red meat, pork, and processed meats can significantly increase your risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

The study analyzed the dietary habits of more than 190,000 people and found that those who ate the highest amounts of processed meats had a 68 percent increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer compared to people who ate the smallest amounts of processed meats. People who ate the most pork and red meat had a 50 percent increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer compared to those who ate the smallest amount of pork and red meat.

Interestingly, the study found no link between risk for pancreatic cancer and dietary intake of saturated fat, cholesterol, total fat, dairy products, eggs, fish, or chicken.

Based on their findings, the authors of the study suggest that increased risk for the development of pancreatic cancer among people who eat large amounts of processed meats, pork, and red meat is likely attributable to cancer-causing compounds that are formed with certain preparation techniques.

Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of death from cancer in the United States. Statistics show that it is slightly more common in men than women, and risk of developing pancreatic cancer increases with age.

While there are many factors that can contribute to the development of pancreatic cancer, the major ones that I know of are:

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Excessive intake of alcohol
  • Regular intake of processed meats and any meat that has been cooked at high temperatures

Here are some concrete steps that you can take to decrease your risk of developing pancreatic cancer:

  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 effective manage your emotional stressors.

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