High GI linked to worse colon cancer prognosis, according to new research.
Lifestyle choices such as physical activity, weight and age are known risk factors for bowel cancer (also known as colorectal cancer). But up until now, however, no one was certain whether diet – specifically glycaemic load and carbohydrate intake – was also an influence on a patient’s outcome.
Bowel cancer affects parts of the large intestine – usually the colon or rectum – and there appears to be no hereditary aspect to the disease. Symptoms include changes in bowel habits, rectal bleeding, anaemia and possibly unexplained weight loss.
Observing more than 1,000 stage III colon cancer patients over a period of more than six months, the researchers questioned the patients on their dietary intake before, during and after their chemotherapy treatment. They looked specifically at glycaemic load, glycaemic index, fructose and carbohydrate intake and their relationships with mortality and recurrence related to the colorectal cancer.
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