Has Your Doctor Said
Any of These 5 Things About You?
March 3rd, 2013 by Holly Cornish
This represents one of the fastest-growing health problems worldwide… but in the U.S. it now affects 25 to 35 percent of the population — and 40 percent of people in their 60s and 70s.
Long identified as a cause of heart disease and diabetes, now a recent study shows it may be linked to cancer as well.
Keep reading to find out how you fare on the five warning signs of this medical condition — and more importantly, what you can do about it.
Continued below. . .
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A recent study from Cancer — a journal of the American Cancer Society — suggested that certain physical attributes and medical markers may slash your chances of survival if you’re diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Other studies link the same markers to an increased risk of getting cancer in the first place, including breast and endometrial cancers.
Pay heed to these early warning signs
There’s one factor that has a huge impact on your chances of avoiding or surviving cancer. You can figure out in mere seconds whether you’ve got it. I’m talking about your waist size.
But a “cluster” of three or four or all five of these symptoms can be much worse than having just one. For example, has your doctor ever told you that you have any of these?
- High Blood Pressure — greater than 130/85
- Fasting blood sugar (glucose) — 100 mg/dL or higher
- Triglycerides — 150 mg/dL or higher
- Low HDL cholesterol
- Men — under 40 mg/dL
- Women — under 50 mg/dL
- Large waistline
- Men — 40 inches or more
- Women — 35 inches or more
If you have three or more of these, take heed. You have Metabolic Syndrome — also called Syndrome X. And it’s recently been tied to cancer.
Extra weight around the middle and upper body is a key characteristic of Metabolic Syndrome. Sometimes called central obesity, it can also be described as an “apple shaped” profile. I’ve also heard it called a “pear shape,” which seems more accurate to me, because the weight is around the middle and tapers off toward your neck.
This profile is also associated with insulin and leptin resistance… where your body has trouble “hearing” the signals that tell it to burn fat. I’ll explain more on this in a moment.
Other warning factors include aging, genetics (a parent or grandparent with diabetes or metabolic syndrome), hormone changes, and lack of exercise.1
Don’t put yourself at greater risk
of prostate cancer
Recent studies show that metabolic syndrome symptoms are linked with an increased risk of death from prostate cancer.
In a nutshell, these results suggest that the same lifestyle that helps you prevent heart disease and diabetes may also slash your risk of dying from prostate cancer. The University of Sweden conducted a study dubbed the “Metabolic Syndrome and Cancer Project”.
They followed 289,866 men over a period of 12 years. During that time, 6,673 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer, and 961 died from it.
The men with the highest categories of body mass index (BMI) had a 36 percent higher risk of dying from the cancer. And those with the highest blood pressure had a 62 percent increased risk. When the study’s authors used a composite score of all metabolic factors, men with the highest scores were most likely to die.
The study did not find a link between the indicators of metabolic syndrome and the likelihood of developing prostate cancer — just a greater risk of dying from it. If two men have just been told they have prostate cancer — one with metabolic syndrome, the other one thin and with low blood pressure, low cholesterol, etc. — the one with metabolic syndrome is less likely to defeat his cancer. Researchers concluded that overweight and hypertension must be able to stimulate prostate cancer progression.2
Women beware — the news may be even worse
for breast and endometrial cancers
Most of the signs of metabolic syndrome, considered separately, have been linked to the development of cancer, but few studies have been conducted that actually link cancer to the whole complex of markers called metabolic syndrome.
However, research published by breastcancer.org found that postmenopausal women with metabolic syndrome are at increased risk of breast cancer — both invasive and non-invasive.3
This study was a small part of the large, comprehensive Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). The researchers followed 4,900 postmenopausal women for an average of 8 years. Of those, 165 developed breast cancer, most of which was invasive. Breast cancer was nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed in women who had developed metabolic syndrome during the previous three to five years.
Three symptoms of metabolic syndrome — elevated glucose, triglycerides, and blood pressure — were each independently linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. Researchers think increased insulin may promote the development and growth of breast cancer.
But that’s not all women should be concerned about.
Various studies also directly link endometrial cancer to separate aspects of metabolic syndrome.4
It promotes colon cancer, too
Two studies link clustered metabolic syndrome components to colon cancer and showed the syndrome increased mortality compared to just individual components.5
Researchers who conducted this University of Alabama study propose that metabolic syndrome should be considered a high-risk state for “certain cancers” — and that this relationship should be systematically explored across all cancer types.
Long-time readers of Cancer Defeated already know this. Check out Issue #256 if you’d like to know more about the diabetes-cancer connection.
The big takeaway here is that you need to take action if you have any of these five symptoms.
But what to do?
What you can learn from conventional medicine
The National Institutes of Health suggests these things for metabolic syndrome:
- Lifestyle changes or medicines to help lower your blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, and blood sugar.
- Lose weight. The goal is to lose 7 to 10 percent of your current weight, which they suggest means slashing 500 to 1000 calories per day. (If only it were that easy. But more on this in a moment.)
- Get 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, such as walking, 5 to 7 days per week.
- Take low-dose aspirin. (I do not agree with this. I think it’s dangerous. Take natural anti-inflammatories instead, such as omega-3 oils, curcumin and proteolytic enzymes.)
- Quit smoking.
While I certainly cannot argue with the wisdom of smoking cessation, getting exercise, and losing weight…
I do not agree with going on dangerous medicines to lower your risk markers. You’ll merely be trading one problem for another, and not addressing the core issue. And the advice to “lose weight” makes it sound more simple than we all know it is. But one of our Cancer Defeated contributors, Carol Parks, has some helpful ideas about losing weight. . .
Shun conventional wisdom
and lose weight this way
Contrary to popular belief, all calories are not the same, according to Carol’s research.
To lose weight once and for all and avoid the “inevitable” yo-yo’s, it matters a great deal which kind of calories you eat. And unfortunately, you’ve been fed a bill of goods for the past 40 years — while nearly everyone has become fat and fatter, sick and sicker.
Here’s a quick primer on the little devil that sits on your shoulder and screams for food… and why you’ve been forced to listen and eat, listen and eat.
If you are the unfortunate owner of an apple-shaped body, you must get your hormones functioning correctly to lose weight.
Hormones are little messengers that direct your body’s activities, including what you eat and whether you cling to fat or burn it.
The wrong foods trigger those hormones to crave food.
Have you ever eaten a Big Mac extra value meal (at 1,060 calories) and then felt hungry again in 60 or 90 minutes? Or eaten junk during an entire football game, only to go out for a big bowl of ice cream to “celebrate” after the game?
The key hormone that regulates appetite and weight loss is leptin. Your doctor may have never heard of it… but it’s produced by your fat cells and it signals your brain when to eat — and more importantly, when to STOP eating.
The leading expert on leptin, Dr. Ron Rosedale, author of the books The Rosedale Diet and Mastering Leptin, says he always measures his patients’ leptin levels with a simple blood test.
Low levels of fasting leptin show that it’s doing its job well, and that it won’t sabotage your weight-loss efforts by making you constantly hungry. High leptin likely means you’re a sugar-craver, and always feel hungry.
Leptin also regulates your body’s FAT burning. (And for sure you do NOT want to burn muscle and bone!)
“Burn fat” is one of the most critical messages your body must hear for good health. And this is precisely the signal that gets lost in the “noise” if your leptin signaling is malfunctioning.
High leptin levels equal high fat
Without getting too long-winded or technical here…
If your leptin levels spike too high, too often, then your cells stop listening to its message — kind of like the boy who cried “wolf” too much. Because it’s not getting the message, your brain tells you to eat and store more fat for a rainy day.
Not only are you hungry all the time, but you will crave SWEETS! And that’s a real spiral to poor health.
The more sugary foods you eat, the LESS likely you are to perceive sweet tastes, so you “need” increasing amounts of sugar to feel satisfied… the law of diminishing returns. I’ve said many times before in issues of this newsletter: sugar is addictive. The stuff is irresistible, you need the fix, and you need higher and higher doses to get the effect. You find yourself craving ever greater amounts of cakes, donuts, soda, and ice cream.
For more info about sugar addiction, see Issue #77. That’s where we first broke the leptin story.
Similar to leptin-signaling problems, insulin resistance occurs when your body makes plenty of insulin but your cells fail to recognize and utilize it effectively.
Likewise, most overweight and obese people are not leptin deficient. They actually produce too much! So it takes more and more to tell your brain to stop eating. Meanwhile your brain frantically signals for more and more fat to be stored…
Foods that actually make you hungry
Certain foods feed this cycle and hype up that little demon on your shoulder by triggering a gigantic surge in leptin production. (But don’t expect to hear this from USDA dieticians or your doctor.)
Non-vegetable carbohydrates — including all breads, grains, cereals, pastas, and starchy vegetables as well as desserts and soda — sabotage your leptin and insulin signaling.
What’s more, these foods all break down into simple sugars the moment they hit your tongue! Dr. Rosedale says your body will always burn sugar before it burns fat. So if you eat sugar, your fat stays lodged exactly where it is.
But (surprise) a high-protein diet is not the answer
Sorry to say, you can’t solve the problem by just replacing carbohydrate calories with protein calories because your body has limited use for protein, and will convert any extra into sugar and store it as fat.
Being a chronic sugar-burner leads you to metabolic syndrome, and by extension to the diseases linked to it, including cancer and heart disease.
The answer is: You must retrain your body to listen to leptin. You do that by avoiding the sugars that interfere with its signals. In turn, your hunger will come under control, you won’t crave sugar, and you can finally get the trim, well-toned, healthy body you dream of.
But you must strictly limit your sugar and all products that become sugar, including grains, most fruits, and even protein. In order to not feel deprived you’ll want to VASTLY increase your intake of vegetables, healthy fats (such as avocado and coconut oil), and nuts. Find a few you like and build from there.
According to Joe Cross’s riveting documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, the diet most Americans eat is just 5 percent fruits and vegetables… the rest is mostly processed grains and protein. Ask yourself what could happen to your health if you ate 60 percent vegetables (and I don’t mean potatoes) instead of all the sugar, carbs and meat?
Rosedale recommends you get rid of all the foods that turn into sugar in your body. Doing so certainly seems to have some far-reaching consequences, and being cancer-free is one of them.
Plus, it takes a mere 21 days to build a new habit and retrain your taste buds.
If you don’t think you have that much willpower, why not buddy-up with a health-minded friend and hold each other accountable?
After all, if the two young men in Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead — one weighing in at 309 pounds and the other at 423 pounds and both of them sick — can “juice” themselves from sickness to health and lose a few hundred pounds between them, why can’t you?
Another way to help you avoid cancer is to make sure you sweat regularly. (At least this idea is easier than losing weight.) Sweating is a powerful detox strategy. If you missed this news, you can scroll down and catch it now.
Take Advantage of Sweat to Release
an Avalanche of Toxins from Your Body
The ability to sweat a lot isn’t what most people call a talent, or even a benefit. We live in a culture that doesn’t want to see it and doesn’t want to smell it.
But sweat, it turns out, can save your life.
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Poof! 20 million cancer cells–GONE
Wake Forest University researchers simply called him “Mighty Mouse.”
Imagine, after being injected with 20 million of the most vicious cancer cells on earth, this tiny creature never showed a single sign of the disease.
There wasn’t a single trace of cancer in the mouse.
Buried deep in its genes was a stunning natural ability to beat cancer. Not only that, but all of Mighty Mouse’s offspring had this unbelievable power as well.
And now, as you’re about to see, one world-renowned M.D. has discovered a way you can do it too. This is the most promising cancer breakthrough in the past 150 years…and it’s shockingly easy.
The word is out! Already-this breakthrough video has been sent to over 2 million people (and counting). THIS is your chance to see the original source before hearing about it second-hand. You don’t want to miss this.
The reality of sweating
When you sweat, there’s a lot more happening than just the visible signs of perspiration.
Your sweat glands — nearly two million of them — are dispersed throughout almost all the skin on your body. They’re found in the layer known as the dermis. Nerve cells within the dermis control sweating.
Most people think of sweat as a way to stay cool when you overheat. But in fact, your body sweats continuously. Or at least, that’s the case if you’re healthy. The amount of sweat you produce is heavily affected by several things. These include not only air temperature and your activity level, but also — a surprising one — your emotional state.
Sweat itself is made up primarily of water. It also contains minerals, lactic acid, ammonia, urea, and sugar. Sweat levels increase for most people when they exercise, when the weather (or room temperature) is really hot, or when they’re particularly angry or upset. Sweat levels can also increase when you’re ill — a fever being the obvious case.
Sweat comes in two varieties: Active and passive. Active sweating happens when you exercise, and it invigorates your body. Passive sweating, which has more of a therapeutic effect, happens when your core body temperature rises (usually because the air around you is hot, as in a traditional sauna or a steam room). The more advanced far infrared saunas are something else. They induce a passive sweat by heating the body directly, not just the air.
In both active and passive sweating, your breath quickens, your circulation improves, and your metabolism speeds up. This combination of responses contributes to getting your body back to a normal temperature.
In fact, temperature regulation is the most important benefit to sweating. On average, you burn approximately 2,500 calories in a single day. That means your body generates enough heat from oxidation to boil somewhere around 25 quarts of water. Since your body can’t tolerate that kind of heat, you have a built-in cooling system. Sweating slows down the rate at which your body burns calories. It also helps blood vessels within your skin dilate in order to release heat. Sweat brings your body temperature back to normal.
8 more healing benefits of sweat
Beyond temperature regulation, your body benefits from sweating in several other ways:
Energy boost: Sweating through exercise releases endorphins that prompt an energy boost.
Immune system boost: The theory is that as your body heats up, you generate more white blood cells. In turn, this strengthens your immune system.
Cardiovascular benefits: Along with increasing the dilation of your blood vessels, your heart gets a workout each time you sweat. Your heart is a muscle, after all.
Stress relief: Sweating is also relaxing. It’s an effective stress reliever and helps get rid of fatigue in your body brought on by muscle tension.
Pain relief: As the body heats up and starts sweating, circulation improves and those energy-boosting endorphins are released. But endorphins are also a natural pain-relieving chemical and help limit any discomfort you might feel from sore muscles or arthritis.
Healthier skin: The November 5, 2001 issue of Nature Immunology, an online publication, cited work from Eberhard Karls University in Germany on the contents of human sweat. One ingredient the researchers discovered is something called dermcidin, an anti-microbial (antibiotic) peptide. Dermcidin plays a role in limiting the spread of disease-causing bacteria that lead to skin infections like impetigo. Also, some experts say heavy, regular sweating can slow the early signs of skin damage and aging.
Weight loss: Sweating doesn’t necessarily speed weight loss in the way many people think. What it actually does is force you to lose water, which does indeed result in a temporary weight loss. But even if the numbers on the scale change, you need to replace that water loss by drinking water — otherwise, you risk dehydration. But sweating does contribute to the weight loss process. When you exercise and your body heats up, water-soluble fat leaves your body through sweat.
Detoxification: According to Dr. Lawrence Wilson, author of “Sauna Therapy for Detoxification and Healing,” cells that are damaged by toxic metals and other chemicals tend to be weaker than normal cells. When you heat these weaker cells, you speed up their death. This hastens the removal of metals and chemicals that may have been trapped in those damaged cells.
Detoxification through sweat plays an important role in disease prevention and treatment. Toxins, we know, cause a host of problems — cancer being one of them. Regular sweating helps you reduce this toxic load. In fact, as much as 30% of your body’s waste gets removed through sweat. We see a lot of other cultures use this principle as a healing technique (think of Native American sweat lodges, for example). The second someone starts to feel ill, they’re sent to a dry sauna. There’s an old saying that a good sweat has the power to stop a cold in its tracks.
Jumpstart your ability to sweat
It’s not common, but some people have a very hard time sweating. That puts their health at risk, because they’re more disposed to become overheated and have a harder time getting rid of toxins.
If you engage in a physical activity and your face turns beet red while those around you sweat, it’s a reason to be concerned. Sometimes a thyroid problem plays a role, so if you have considerable trouble sweating, it’s worth asking a doctor to test your thyroid function.
Dehydration is another reason for limited sweating. Drink at least the recommended eight glasses of water a day to get your body back on track.
If you’ve already got these things in check, there are a few ways to jumpstart your ability to sweat. I’m fond of saunas, especially if they’re far infrared, because infrared has the ability to heat the body directly, instead of just heating the air, thereby giving you a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level where toxins reside. Wet saunas are another proven way to help your body release toxins through sweat.
Here at Cancer Defeated, we’re long-term fans of infrared saunas. (Learn more in Issue #263. ) The detoxification and health benefits are proven, they’re used in many reputable clinics, and you can even install one in your home if you wish. Sunlighten is an excellent, cutting-edge manufacturer that offers clinically backed full-spectrum infrared saunas. Visit their website or call 1-877-292-0020.
Another way to work up a sweat is to soak yourself for 20 minutes in a warm detox bath with epsom salts. Wrap up in warm towels after you step out of the bath.
Or put cayenne pepper and fresh lemon juice in your water. Drink it throughout the day to get your blood flowing and induce sweat. This is a time-honored detox secret (cheap, too!) I’ve used it myself.
You can also chug bentonite clay, a supplement known to help induce sweating. I haven’t tried it myself, nor know anyone who has, so this one is your call. From what I can learn on the Web it appears to be safe.
A lot of people these days also report amazing benefits from hot yoga — essentially, the practice of regular yoga but at temperatures as high as 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Be careful not to overdo it — and do keep yourself hydrated.
Don’t give up if you can’t break a decent sweat on the first try. I’ve heard reports of very ill people having “breakthrough sweats,” where they try something like a hot sauna for several days without effect, until one day — maybe after as many as six days of trying — sweat will suddenly start pouring out of them. Think of it as getting yourself unclogged.
Take note — a cancer diagnosis might actually increase the amount of sweat you produce. Some medicines and cancer drugs prompt this reaction as well. If that’s the case, listen to your body and let it sweat.
And of course, any time you induce yourself to sweat, you want to make sure to replenish your body by drinking lots of water and taking mineral supplements.
Lee Euler, Publisher