Cases of esophageal cancer (adenocarcinoma) in
the U.S. have risen in recent decades from 300,000
cases in 1973 to 2.1 million in 2001 at age-adjusted
rates. A new study published in The American Journal
of Gastroenterology shows that these rates in the U.S.
closely mirrored trends of increased carbohydrate
intake and obesity from 1973-2001.
The study illustrates what may be a public heath
concern as the composition of U.S. diets changes
and total carbohydrate and refined carbohydrate
intakes increase. Obesity is a risk factor for many
cancerous types, and a diet that includes a high
percentage of acid forming refined carbohydrates is
a common contributor to obesity. Carbohydrates
were also unique in that no other studied nutrients
were found to correlate with esophageal cancer rates.
“The causes of esophageal cancer are the result of
acidic lifestyle and dietary choices which includes
the ingestion of refined and complex carbohydrates,”
states Dr.Robert O. Young, a research scientist at
the pH Miracle Living Center, in San Diego,
Despite recent advances in treatment, esophageal
cancer has a poor prognosis. The five-year rate
of survival for esophageal cancer remains below
20 percent and is the eighth-leading cause of
cancer related death in American men.
“If we can reverse the trends in refined carbohydrate
intake and obesity in the U.S., we may be able to
reduce the incidence of esophageal cancer,” says
Dr. Li Li, senior author of the study.
Dr. Young suggests that, “an alkaline lifestyle and
diet will eliminate obesity in America as well as
cancer, including esophageal cancer.”
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