Evidence for the safety of soyfoods for women with breast cancer continues to accumulate. Recently, researchers from the Mayo Clinic and the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine concluded that breast cancer patients should not be advised against eating soyfoods. Similar conclusions have been made by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the American Cancer Society….
Currently 13.7 million people in the United States are cancer survivors. The number is expected to rise to 18 million by the year 2022. Of these, 2.5 million are men who have had prostate cancer.
A growing body of research is looking at dietary factors that lower risk for developing this type of cancer. Less is known, however, about how diet affects outcome in men who have already had the disease….
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in western countries. This condition, which usually affects older adults, causes damage to the retina resulting in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field (the macula). Macular degeneration makes it difficult (or sometimes impossible) to read, and also to recognize faces, although enough peripheral vision remains to allow other activities of daily life….
Acute inflammation—characterized by redness, heat, swelling, and pain around an injury—is a normal immune response to infection or injury. It’s healthy and temporary. In contrast, low-grade, chronic, and “systemic” inflammation is an abnormal condition that may raise risk for heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease and arthritis, among many other conditions….
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women worldwide. With a 5-year survival rate of only 15%, it is estimated that lung cancer will cause almost twice as many deaths as breast cancer among US women in 2012. Prognosis is affected by a number of factors, including age at diagnosis and tumor stage. It also appears that female sex hormones may affect lung cancer survival….
Japan has one of the lowest rates of breast cancer among developed countries. That rate is climbing though, as more Japanese women have been diagnosed with this disease over the past several decades. While there are many possible reasons for this, the biggest suspect is a shift toward a more western diet. In particular, women who are trading in soyfoods for other sources of protein may be losing some of the protection of their traditional pattern of eating….
Research on soy along with the growing interest in potential health benefits of these foods focuses largely on their phytoestrogen estrogen content. These plant estrogens, called isoflavones, have been shown to reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, and may also reduce heart disease risk by improving health of the arteries….