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Researchers estimate that one-third of cancer deaths are due to diet and lack of physical activity – nearly as many as caused by tobacco. In fact, for Americans who don’t smoke, eating the right foods and getting exercise are the most important things they can do to prevent cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
Studies have shown numerous connections between food and certain cancers. High-fat dairy is associated with prostate cancer. Red meat and processed meats are linked to colon and rectal cancer. Alcohol directly causes cancers of the mouth, throat and liver, and it raises a woman’s risk for breast cancer.
So you might ask: If certain foods help cause cancer, can changing your diet lower your cancer risk? Absolutely, says Jennifer Brown, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula oncologist. While your genetics and environment also influence your cancer risk, your diet is a key factor you can control.
Want to reduce your cancer risk? Follow these recommendations from Dr. Brown and Debbie Kurzrock, R.D., a Mills-Peninsula registered dietitian who works in Radiation Oncology at the Dorothy E. Schneider Cancer Center in San Mateo.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in six Americans get sick each year from food-borne diseases, but the source of most food poisoning may surprise you. While many people assume restaurants with poor hygiene standards are usually to blame for food poisoning, that’s not the case. “It’s just as likely you’ll get sick from food you prepare in your own home,” Chhavi Mehta, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula internal medicine doctor, says. Read More about Five Steps to Avoid Food Poisoning
“Weight loss theory is very straightforward,” Mills-Peninsula primary care physician Lisa Hladik, M.D., says. “The less calories in, the more calories out through exercise – the weight comes off.” But as simple as that sounds, Dr. Hladik says, “Unfortunately, people have a hard time controlling what they put in their mouths.”
Dr. Hladik and bariatric surgeon Albert Wetter, M.D., have heard thousands of stories from their patients about weight loss. Here are some of the most common mistakes people make:
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With excuses ranging from “I don’t have time” to “I work out in the morning,” breakfast has become the most skipped meal of the day. But breakfast may be one of the best things you can do for your body.
“Having the right breakfast can ensure you have good energy levels all day, your metabolism is running efficiently and your brain is sharp,” Mills-Peninsula registered dietitian Carolyn McCune says.
There are “simple, healthy choices you can pull together in just a few minutes,” she says. “The key is planning ahead – shop for the right foods and prepare them in advance.”
Here are some of McCune’s simple recipes for quick morning meals:
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The holidays are supposed to be filled with peace, joy and happiness. But they often blur into a whirlwind of competing demands – gift shopping, entertaining guests, attending parties and preparing special foods – and that’s only a few of the stressors.
“This time of year can be particularly challenging for anyone struggling with depression, addiction or chronic pain” says Travis Svensson, M.D., Ph.D., director of Chemical Dependency for Mills-Peninsula Health Services. “Planning ahead before the holiday season is in full swing can help minimize stress and depression, especially if you know that you have suffered from the holiday blues in the past.”
Use these four tips from Dr. Svensson to reduce holiday stress:
“Gluten-free,” “low-carb” and “sugar-free” are all heavily touted terms these days for weight loss and health. But do these trends have health or weight loss merits? Mills-Peninsula registered dietitian Monica Martines debunks some popular dieting myths.
Staying healthy this winter isn’t as hard as you might think. There are plenty of ways you can help protect your body from colds and the flu, starting with the foods you eat, says Mills-Peninsula Health Services primary care physician Ulrike Sujansky, M.D.
Many fruits and vegetables can help boost your immune system. “Stock up on green leafy vegetables, broccoli, garlic and fruit,” Dr. Sujansky says. “Dark berries such as blueberries are especially potent, antioxidant powerhouses.” Antioxidants help stabilize free radicals, which can damage the body’s cells and compromise the immune system. Read More about Tips to Boost Your Immune System for Winter