Is there a link between Nutrition & Cancer?

Does what you eat matter?Or is your risk of disease based solely on genetics?
I remember how I use to shovel any type of food in my mouth that looked good. I thought disease was based solely on genetics and that what we ate had nothing to do with chronic disease or cancer. What if I told you it is actually a combination of both …
With any question in science, there is always the difference between correlation and causation. Large cohort studies specifically looking at correlation give us a road map of what to study mechanistically with traditional scientific “reductionist” methods – that is what results from the EPIC study are doing. Because over 500 articles have been published on their results, I wanted to introduce this concept first before I just tackle some of their individual papers later in my posts!

And no – this doesn’t mean you have to only eat “bird” food or “rabbit” food – (I’ll make sure to eat all that food for you)

The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study is one of the largest cohort studies in the world with more than half a million (521,000) participants recruited across 10 European countries and followed for almost 15 years!
EPIC was designed to investigate the relationship between diet, nutritional status, lifestyle and environmental factors, and the incidence of cancer and other chronic diseases.

As always, I love answering your questions! Here are some links to the articles shown below.

EPIC Study

The association of substituting carbohydrates with total fat and different types of fatty acids with mortality and weight change among diabetes patients

Association between pre-diagnostic circulating vitamin D concentration and risk of colorectal cancer in European populations: a nested case-control study

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own. I do not provide medical advice. If you have questions ask your doctor & do your own research. I am a med student & PhD candidate. I have 5 degrees including 2 masters in nutrition & metabolism. I am a certified personal trainer & have researched these topics for 9 years. The information I post is research based & info not always taught in school.

Hi! I am a third-year medical student and third-year PhD candidate with a passion for innovation, biomedical research, medical education, healthcare policy, biotechnology, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. I am a bit of a non-traditional student as you can see from my personal bio. I am a host of medical podcast and the owner of an admission company focused on helping students get into the school of their dreams. I love educating and giving back so if you have questions feel free to email me!

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