As research hits the news, since I speak and write about this on a regular basis, people often contact me with questions ranging from the scientific and metabolic to those about practical implications. Today in Smart Bytes®, fresh from seeing colleagues at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions, I’ll answer a few of those common questions on the diabetes-cancer connection.
In the last Smart Bytes® post I shared the “long and winding road” we’ve walked trying to figure out soy’s impact on breast cancer risk – one of the most frequently asked questions when I’m speaking about breast cancer. Once you get the general idea that moderate consumption of soy foods appears quite safe, even for women who have had estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) breast cancer, a whole new batch of questions arises.
What is moderate consumption of soy foods? Where do the cereals, breads, and bars with added soy protein fit into this picture?
When I’m asked to speak about how diet and lifestyle impact breast cancer risk, whether I’m speaking to health professionals, cancer survivors or the general public, one of the most-asked questions involves the relationship of soy to breast cancer.
Is it protective? Is it a risk? Should breast cancer survivors avoid it? And what about the soy protein now added to cereals, bars, breads and meat substitutes?
When you think of yoga, do you picture nimble people in special positions that require great flexibility? Or is your image one of people deep in meditation, chanting, “OM” or some other mantra?
For centuries, yoga has been alleged to bring diverse health benefits, but with little “proof”. Research quality is still limited, but in recent years has been documenting measurable effects of yoga on health. This year’s annual meeting of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics included a presentation by Sat Bir S. Khalsa, PhD, on the state of current yoga research.
Here is the first section of my interview with Dr. Khalsa, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, in which he clarifies what he says are some common misconceptions about yoga.
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Research is now quite consistent in showing that cancer survivors benefit from regular physical activity. This has been demonstrated in studies that follow large populations over time and in randomized controlled intervention trials. Now come many questions about who benefits most and who warrants extra precautions in exercise, as well as questions about type, intensity and timing of exercise.
In the first portion of my interview with Lee Jones, PhD, he discussed the current understanding about physical activity for cancer survivors. He discussed why the common cancer-related fatigue should not deter a survivor from aiming for some exercise. Dr. Jones is among researchers at the forefront of intervention trials with cancer survivors, and in this portion of our interview, he shares what he sees research showing about the optimal timing of physical activity following a cancer diagnosis.
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