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Dr K K Aggarwal

Smoking makes you 5 years older

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Men have a greater chance of dying then women, and smoking increases any adult’s risk of death just as if five years were suddenly added to their age.

• For men who have never smoked, heart disease presents their greatest risk for death at any age, exceeding the odds of dying from lung, colon and prostate cancer combined.

• Male smokers face a lung cancer risk that is greater than the odds of heart disease taking their lives after age 60, and is 10-fold higher than the chances of dying from prostate and colon cancer combined.

• The chances of dying from heart disease and breast cancer are similar for nonsmoking women until age 60, when heart disease becomes a greater risk.

• For female smokers, dying from lung cancer or heart disease is more likely than dying from breast cancer after age 40.

Tomato reduces prostate cancer risk

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Consumption of lycopene–containing foods, especially tomato and its products is prostate friendly. A prospective study of a cohort of over 50,000 men from the Health Professionals Follow–up Study in J Natl Cancer Inst 2014;106(2):djt430 suggests that dietary intake of lycopene is associated with a lower incidence of prostate cancer and a decreased risk of lethal prostate cancer. These effects may be mediated through inhibition of tumor angiogenesis.

In Ayurveda it is mentioned that one should not take fermented things in the night and also should take the in limit in the day time. Alcohol is also a fermented drink and in excess is bad for the health.

A large American cohort study now has shown that a substantial portion of the apparent increased risk for cancer among light to moderate drinkers is related to people lying about their drinking habits, according to study author Arthur Klatsky, MD, from Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Oakland, California, who presented the results at the 2012 European Society for Medical Oncology Congress.

Heavy alcohol consumption is related to an increased risk for several types of cancer as reported by Medscape.

A recent meta-analysis of 113 studies, led by Helmut K. Seitz, PhD, from the Centre of Alcohol Research at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, concluded that women should not drink more than 1 alcoholic beverage a day. “A significant increase in the order of 4% in the risk of breast cancer is already present at intakes of up to 1 alcoholic drink per day,”

Results from the Million Women Study conducted in the United Kingdom found that each alcoholic drink consumed significantly increased the risk for cancer. Among women living in industrialized nations, those researchers estimated a background incidence of 118 cancers diagnosed per 1000 women up to the age of 75 years. Consuming 1 drink per day increased this risk to an extra 15 cancers per 1000 women, and 2 drinks a day increased it to an extra 30 cancers per 1000 women.

Alcohol consumption appears to be strongly and dose-dependently linked to colorectal cancer risk. Another meta-analysis found moderate alcohol consumption to be associated with a 21% increase in colorectal cancer, and heavy drinking (at least 4 drinks/day) to be associated with a 52% increased risk.