Monthly Archives: October 2018

Diabetics, Particularly Women are at a Higher Risk of Cancer

A meta-analysis states that Diabetics, particularly women are said to be at a higher risk of cancer. Earlier studies had already determined a link between diabetes and cancer there was no clarity on the role of gender in the same. We all are aware about the bulging population of diabetics in India. As per statistics in 2015, over 400 million people had diabetes while over 17 million had cancer.

Researchers in a recent analysis based on the study published in Diabetologia earlier have worked on data of over 19 million people with type one or type 2 diabetes in 100 studies as well as data sets. The studies revealed that women with diabetes are at 27% higher risk of cancer while men are at 19% risk of cancer, which means that women have a 6% higher risk of cancer as compared to men.
Researchers even analyzed specific cancer types to check if women were at a higher risk and found that woman were indeed at a higher risk in most cancers. These include cancers like leukemia, stomach cancer, kidney cancer, oral cancer to name a few. Women are at a 15% higher risk of leukemia, 14% higher risk of stomach cancer, 13% higher risk of oral cancer and 11% higher risk of getting kidney cancer. However, men were at a 12% higher risk of developing liver cancer against women.

Diabetics, Particularly Women are at a Higher Risk of Cancer

Although, the reason behind women diabetics having a higher risk of most cancers is yet not clear but the researchers have come out with a hypothesis on the same. Toshiaki Ohkuma, Lead Author and research fellow at the George Institute of Global Health in Australia said that as compared to men, women have a longer pre-diabetic period. Pre-diabetic period is a period where sugar levels are above normal levels but not high enough to be considered under type 2 diabetes. Further a study of 2015 also revealed that women most likely skipped medicines of lowering blood sugar levels as compared to men. As the risk of cancer is associated with having higher blood sugar levels, and DNA damage, women with diabetes are at a greater risk of developing cancer than men as they have raised sugar levels for a longer period of time.

Hence, it is advisable that women with diabetes need to be careful about controlling their blood sugar levels besides doing regular cancer screening in-order to detect cancer at earlier stages. A healthy lifestyle that includes a low sugar diet and a fitness regime coupled with timely health checkups can definitely go a long way in balancing sugar levels and reducing the risk of cancer as well.

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Cocoa is Good for Health!

If you are the one who loves indulging in dark chocolates and coffee, there’s some good news right up for you. A study has revealed that cocoa is major source of Vitamin D. Hence, food rich in cocoa like cocoa powder, dark, chocolates, cocoa beans, cocoa butter and more can boost your Vitamin D intake. Vitamin D has two types – Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3. Vitamin D2 is present in foods like eggs, fish, and chicken while D3 is produced by the human skin under sun exposure. The study was published in the journal Food Chemistry and mentioned that cocoa is an actually rich source of Vitamin D2, one of the two types of vitamin D. The richness but varies from food to food like white chocolate will have a lesser amount of Vitamin D2 compared to Dark Chocolates.

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The research team dried the cocoa beans after fermentation and placed them on mats. These were then exposed to the sun for a couple of weeks. The idea was to determine if cocoa was a vital source of Vitamin D. As per researchers cocoa butter, as well as dark chocolate, had the highest amount of Vitamin D2. They also pointed out that vitamin D deficiency could lead to brittle bones as well as respiratory disorders. Having said that, consuming cocoa-based products in high quantity is not advisable because it does contain high fat and sugar, which are known to be bad for health.

Do you want to know about foods that are a rich source of vitamin D and not harmful to health as much as eating too many dark chocolate cubes? Here are 5 foods veg and non-veg, rich in Vitamin D and good for health.

Soy milk – It’s extracted from plant and is rich source of vitamin D. It’s a good for health and vegans.

Mushroom – Again a rich source of Vitamin D and favourite food of many. Many delicious recipes are already available for you to experiment and relish.

Dairy Produce – If you are a cheese lover, be happy, cheese is one of the richest sources of Vitamin D. But, that does not mean to eat burgers and pizzas loaded with cheese. It means you may add a slice or two for your breakfast.

Egg – Egg is one product that many of us can eat day in and day out. It’s loaded with protein and super healthy. The yolk of the egg is rich in Vitamin D. So eat eggs with the yoke to draw in more Vitamin D.

Fish- All fish are known to be a rich source of vitamin D. But, oil and fatty fish have more Vitamin D content compared to others. These include Tuna, mackerel, Salmon and trout to name a few.

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Cancer Vaccine that can Cure 97% of Tumor from Mice Approved for Human Trial

Yes, you read that right. As per researchers of Stanford University, a vaccine they tested on mice has worked well in curing around 97% of the tumors in mice and is ready for human trial. According to SFGate. the human trial is scheduled to be conducted on 35 people suffering from lymphoma before the year ends.

The study was earlier tested on mice with cancers ranging from colon, breast and lymphoma. The results were welcoming, because this treatment cured around 87 mice out of the 90. The best part is that tumors in some mice had spread through other parts of the body too and even then they could be cured.

Cancer Vaccine That can Cure 97% of Tumor from Mice Approved for Human trial

As per the regional director of breast surgery at North-well Health Cancer Institute in Westchester, New York, even if the news was exciting enough, the results on animals might not be the same as that on humans. So, there is still a long way to go before the treatment works for particularly cancers other than lymphoma, viz. breast and colon.

Though it is called a vaccine, technically it ain’t. It is more of an immunotherapy. It is still given the name of a vaccine for a reason that is does contain a vaccine like injection. Also, as per the American society of clinical oncology, cancer vaccines can be used for referring treatment of cancer and preventing it from coming back. This vaccine involves the injection of the vaccine into the existing tumor. It does the role of reactivating the T cells. These T cells are responsible for infiltrating and attacking the cancer cells. But, as the tumor increases, the cancer tells suppress these T cells.
Immunotherapy is not something new though. It has been in practice for quite some time. A treatment called CAR t-cell therapy has been already approved some time back for leukemia as well as lymphoma. This therapy is about removing certain immune cells from the body and genetically engineer these cells so that they become capable of fighting cancer.

But, the advantage of this therapy over CAR T-cell therapy is that nothing from the body is to be removed or customized. Here it’s just targeted therapy where the doctors will be concentrating and attacking specific targets.

Though this study is one step forward in the direction to treat cancer but still it’s a long way to go.

Vydehi Institute of Oncology & Research Centre is one of the first centers in India to commission IGRT (Image guided radiation therapy) with respiratory gating apart from having other radiation equipment like High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR).

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