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    THURSDAY, July 23 (HealthDay News) -- Postmenopausal women with elevated insulin levels may be at higher risk of developing breast cancer, a new study says.

    Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York City found a strong association between elevated insulin levels in the blood and increased risk of breast cancer. Their findings were published online in the International Journal of Cancer.

    "Up to now, only a few studies have directly investigated whether insulin levels are associated with breast cancer risk," said Geoffrey Kabat, the lead author and senior epidemiologist in the department of epidemiology and population health at Einstein. "Our study involved analyzing repeated measurements of insulin taken over several years -- which provides a more accurate picture of the possible association between insulin levels and breast cancer risk."

    Kabat's team examined data on 5,450 women who took part in the Women's Health Initiative, a large study that looked at how various factors influence women's health. The researchers found that women with insulin levels in the highest third were twice as likely to develop breast cancer as women in the bottom third. The team also discovered that the link between elevated insulin levels and breast cancer was stronger for thin women than for obese women, who tend to have higher insulin levels.

    "This finding is potentially important because it indicates that, in postmenopausal women, insulin may be a risk factor for breast cancer that is independent of obesity," Kabat said in the news release.

    The study is ongoing, but Kabat recommended that postmenopausal women try to keep insulin at normal levels through weight loss, regular exercise and other methods.</blockquote>

    Now, I don&#39;t always agree with all studies, but I do find this interesting.

  • #2


    For the blockquote command, use <> instead of []


    You changed it right as I was posting this. Sorry


    • #3

      High carb consumption is linked to insulin resistance and therefore abnormally high insulin levels.

      Research seems to increasingly support the idea that the more we diverge from the diet we evolved to eat, the more likely we will experience health issues.

      “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” -Oscar Wilde
      "The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." -George Bernard Shaw
      "The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass." -Martin Mull


      • #4

        Cancer cells principally use glucose, so is it the high insulin that&#39;s causal, or is it the high carbs/high glucose for which the insulin is just an indicator?


        • #5

          mrd, can you link us to the original? I have someone around who needs this information.