Monday, December 5, 2011

Cancer and Your Diet: Introduction

**I decided to change the title due to some confusion that it caused.  This blog is not saying that a proper diet can COMPLETELY prevent cancer.  It is simply saying that it MAY HELP REDUCE RISK OF CANCER.***

          This week, ESPN has dedicated much of their coverage toward the V Foundation for Cancer Research, which was cofounded by ESPN and former NC State Men’s Basketball coach, Jim Valvano (a.k.a. - Jimmy V), who was diagnosed with cancer at age 46 and lost his battle with cancer in 1993.  In light of their coverage, I thought that this would be a great time to start a series of blogs regarding the disease that has affected so many people and their families around the world.  Whether it is breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, cervical cancer, or other types of cancer, the damage that this disease can cause is devastating.  However, while so much emphasis is placed on finding a cure for cancer, much more emphasis should be placed on cancer prevention

          So, why is there not enough emphasis placed on cancer prevention?  Well, in my opinion, many people believe that cancer is just a random occurrence.  Some may think they are just unlucky.  Or maybe that child in their family that developed cancer was just unlucky, and everyone else in the family is fine.  Well, there are factors other than your genetics that play a role in cancer development.  Two co-factors that play a role in cancer prevention (or development) are your epigenetic code and your diet.    

          Epigenetics is the study of alterations in gene activity that do not involve changes to one’s genetic code, but still get passed down to at least one generation. These changes in gene activity are orchestrated by your epigenome, which can significantly alter certain genes without changing the actual DNA sequence.  In other words, your epigenome can tell a gene to “speak” normally, loudly, softly, or not at all.  Furthermore, changes in your epigenome of have been shown to contribute to cancer formation. 

          So, what causes these epigenetic changes?  While there are several environmental factors that can be involved, one of the biggest factors that can influence your epigenetics is YOUR DIET!  A proper diet can provide necessary nutrients to protect your DNA from harmful epigenetic changes.  On the other hand, an unhealthy diet may leave you vulnerable to changes in gene expression that can potential lead to tumor formation.  Even worse, epigenetic changes (good or bad) can be passed down to you from your parents, grandparents, great grandparents, etc.  So, if you come from a family that is not the most health-conscious, you are at FAR greater risk!  And compared to someone from a health-conscious family, it will take FAR LESS unhealthy eating in a person from an unhealthy family to initiate diseases such as cancer. 

          But some might say, “My family and I have been living healthy, so we should be OK, right?”  Well, I’d answer that question with a question.  

Are you really living healthy?

          For example, many people eat grilled food everyday without vegetables and consider themselves “healthy”.  But, some of the same people don’t know that grilling meat can produce carcinogens that can develop into cancer over time.  Many people drink diet soda and consider themselves “healthy”.  But if you read my blog about diet soda, you’d know that it’s not healthy.

          So, my goal with this blog series (and blog overall) is to provide evidence regarding 1) what REALLY is healthy, 2) what common factors can initiate epigenetic changes, and 3) dietary strategies that may help you protect yourself and your loved ones from diseases such as cancer.  If you’d like to get started, read my blog about the anti-carcinogenic properties of broccoli.

Dr. O 
"I don't live to eat...I eat to live!"

7 comments:

Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous said...

That's a great post! I think there needs to be a greater focus in our health care system on how preventative medicine and healthy lifestyle changes really can prevent diseases.

Dozie Onunkwo, Ph.D. said...

Thanks, and I agree that we need more emphasis placed on disease prevention through healthy eating. Unfortunately, one major issue is the strength of the pharmaceutical industry whose growth and sustenance is dependent on people getting sick and needing drugs. More healthy eaters = less sick people = less money.

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