Did you know that obesity now causes more deaths than smoking in some parts of the world (like the United States and Australia)?
We’re talking hundreds of thousands of people dying prematurely of cancer and other linked illnesses every year.
As I’ve written before, this is a totally preventable epidemic.
Let me explain exactly how obesity or being overweight is connected to about half of all cancer cases. To understand it, we’ll need to look at a certain growth hormone we’re starting to get pretty familiar with: IGF-1. Children diagnosed with cancer have been observed to have about four times the average level of IGF-1 in their bloodstream; conversely, of 300 people with drastically below average levels, zero had cancer.
As I’ve mentioned before, animal protein may cause our livers to increase production of IGF-1. You may be very interested to know that the same thing happens with fat cells. That is, when we eat animal products, our fat tissue produces more of this potentially cancer-causing hormone.
Um, yikes, right?!
Surprise surprise, our good friends in the pharmaceutical industry have created a whole array of drugs to block production of IGF-1…too bad no one’s mentioning that going plant-based is a side-effect free, all natural method to do the same thing. Various studies have shown that men and women eating a vegan or plant-based diet have lower levels of IGF-1 in their bodies.
And before you ask if it’s their diet or their low BMI (body mass index) causing it, let me tell you! Researchers compared a group of vegans to a group of people with strict low-calorie diets to figure out if restricting calories was enough to drop IGF-1 levels, or if it really was dependent on the plant-based diet. Only the vegan group had significantly lower IGF-1, which means it’s not about BMI, and it’s not about counting calories.
According to these results, lower IGF-1 levels—and thus lower risk of many cancers—are a direct result of eating a (low-protein) plant-based diet.
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