Nearly half of all adult Americans can breathe a sigh of relief. Weight cycling or so-called yo-yo dieting-does not appear to increase their risk for getting cancer.
In a 10 year study of over 96,000 men and women, who lost more than 10 pounds only to regain that weight, Dr. Victoria Stevens and co-researchers from the American Cancer Society found that yo-yo dieting did not increase the risk of getting cancer. The yo-yo dieting study was reported in the July issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology.
The study looked at the following 12 cancers:
BREAST COLON ESOPHAGUS KIDNEY
LIVER LUNG MELANOMA NON-HODGKIN’S LUMPHOMA
PANCREAS PROSTATE RECTUM STOMACH
Of note, the effect of yo-yo dieting on the risk of breast cancer was not reported. Dr. Stevens noted that BMI or body mass index may have clouded a study reported in 2005 that found a link between the risk of breast cancer and yo-yo dieting.
SO WHAT DO I RECOMMEND?
The whole lifestyle approach is key-smart food choices and daily exercise. I like the hybrid approach between the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet-Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. And one glass of wine is allowed each day!
The key points of the diet is eating at least 3 servings of whole grains, a green leafy vegetable and one other vegetable each day. Snack on nuts most days, have a serving of beans every other day, and eat poultry and berries at least 2 times per week, with fish once per week.
The hard part is avoiding the 5 unhealthy groups-red meat, butter and stick margarine, cheese, pastries and sweets, along with fried and fast foods.
Stay healthy Dayton! If you have any questions, call me Dr. Hughes at 855 DAYTON1.