Thursday, September 9, 2010

Study: High-Fat Diets Linked to Leukemia

Source: The Times of India (Summary by NIM)

Fast-food lovers beware! We all know that too much fat is bad for us: it is associated with obesity, heart disease, diabetes and a slew of other ailments, but whether we choose to heed those warnings is entirely up to us. But now, there may be even more incentive to avoid the greasy stuff at all costs since it has been associated with the blood-borne cancer, Leukemia, according to a new study.

The new research, which will be published in the periodical Cancer Prevention Research, has found that obesity which has been fueled by a high-fat diet is associated with an increased risk of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the blood cells.

This type of 'exposure-linked cancer' is similar to other types of cancer such as lung cancer, which tend to occur from consistent and regular exposure to the cancer-causing agent. The study was performed using mice, but the researchers believe that a similar situation occurs in humans, especially since other types of cancers have been related to obesity and diet.

Read more at the Times of India (Sept 8, 2010) in the article called "Diet-induced obesity speeds up leukaemia".