If you are over 50 this is the most dangerous food: it quadruples the risk of cancer "almost like smoking"

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According to recent research, following a high-protein diet after age 50 could increase the risk of cancer

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According to recent research, following a high-protein diet after age 50 could increase the risk of cancer





Il cancer it remains a plague around the world, a disease that still kills millions of people every year. Research on the relationship between diet and cancer risk it is complex, but one study found that a diet rich in a popular food group was associated with a fourfold risk of dying from cancer, as dangerous as cigarette smoking.

Cancer deaths remain high every year, despite advances in treatments and diagnostic procedures. Part of what makes cancer so intractable is the nastiness of the cancer cells, which multiply and spread throughout the body. Although anyone can get sick, research has established a link between the consumption of certain foods and an increased risk. (Read also: Cutting down on meat and eating more plant-based protein makes you live better and longer. The new confirmation)

A systematic review

Lo study found that people who follow a diet rich in proteins of animal origin During middle age, they are more likely to die of cancer than those who eat less protein. The researchers came to this conclusion after examining more than 6.000 people, aged 50 or over, and followed them for 18 years. They found that people between the ages of 50 and 65, who ate a diet rich in animal protein during middle age, had a four times more likely to die from cancer during the study period, compared to those on a low-protein diet.

The research also found that middle-aged people who ate foods such as meat, milk and cheese during the study period were 75% more likely to die from any cause than those on a low-fat diet. protein content.



The researchers defined one "high protein" diet one in which at least 20% of the daily calories derive from proteins, while a "moderate" diet is one in which 10 to 19% of the calories derive from proteins and a "low protein" diet has less than 10% of calories derived from proteins. However, what is harmful to people at one age may be healthy in another; in fact, in the study, people over the age of 65 were less likely to die from cancer or other causes if they consumed more protein.

Hence, not all individuals benefit from a low protein content, as older people actually seem to benefit from a moderate intake of protein. Having enough protein in the diet can be important for older people to maintain a healthy weight and protect themselves from frailty.

Additionally, the researchers pointed out that there was no link between protein intake and cancer risk when they analyzed participants whose proteins came mainly from plant sources, like the vegetable. Therefore, to decrease the risk it is best to avoid eating red meat and processed meat such as bacon, ham, sausages and frankfurters.

If you have noticed these symptoms it is advisable to consult your doctor, to investigate in more detail:

  • belly discomfort
  • blood in your poop
  • diarrhea or constipation for no obvious reason
  • a feeling of not having completely emptied the intestines after going to the bathroom
  • pain in the stomach or anus.

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