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  1. 1. Valley News Tuesday, May 6, 2014 Valley Courier Page 5 Dr. Fuhrman: How are diabetes and cancer connected?By DR. JOEL FUHRMAN VALLEY — More than 25 million people in the United States have type 2 diabetes, and that figure doesn’t even count the 7 million who have diabetes and remain undiag- nosed. The dangerously high prevalence of overweight and obesity is at the heart of this problem. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, is theleadingcauseofblindness and kidney failure in adults, and doubles the risk of heart attack and stroke.1, 2 Diabetes also increases the risk of several cancers. In a number of studies, diabetic patients have been shown to have an elevated risk of colorectal cancer and non-diabetics with elevated postprandial glucose levels also have a higher risk of colorectal cancer than indi- viduals with normal glucose tolerance.3, 4 Areviewthatanalyzeddata from several studies found that diabetic patients are 30 percentmorelikelytodevelop colorectal cancer, 20 percent more likely to develop breast cancer, and 82 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer.5-7 How could diabetes influ- ence the development of cancer? The high blood glu- cose levels and the resultant elevated insulin response as- sociatedwithtype2diabetes, affect all tissues of the body. Ithasbeenhypothesizedthat dietshighinsugarsandwhite flour increase the risk of can- cers because of their impact on these factors, particularly elevated insulin. Scientistsbelievethatinsu- lin therapy and elevated in- sulin levels contribute to the associationbetweendiabetes andcolorectalcancer.Insulin in high concentrations may bind to the receptor for a growth factor called insulin- like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) – this interaction has the potential to promote growth and division of cancer cells. Cancerous cells also often haveelevatedlevelsofinsulin receptors, and when insulin binds these receptors it has growth-promoting effects.6 There is much evidence supporting the possibility thatchronicexposuretodiets rich in refined carbohydrates may act directly to promote cancer development. Foods with a high glycemic load (suchassugarandwhiteflour products)producedangerous spikes in blood glucose, con- sequently resulting in high insulin production. Diets including large quantities of high GL foods increase the risk of several chronic diseases, including cancers.8 Forexample,ameta-analy- sisofmanystudiesfounda26 percentincreaseincolorectal cancerriskinpeoplewhocon- sumedthemosthighglycemic load foods in their diets.9 I have observed in my medical practice that a Nu- tritarian diet combined with moderate exercise can re- verse diabetes in 90 percent of patients, and that an ag- gressivenutritionalapproach is more effective and much saferthanconventionaldrug- centered care. The best diet for preventing or reversing diabetes is also the best diet for cancer protection. It is a diet with a high nutrient per calorie ratio – including lots ofgreenandnon-starchyveg- etables, beans, raw nuts and seeds, and some fresh fruit; limitinganimalproducts;and avoidingsweeteners,oilsand white flour. The high levels of dietary micronutrients fuel cellular repair, reduce body fat and heal the body from the inside out, result- ing in a dramatic reversal of heart disease, and diabetes, offering dramatic protection against cancer. The End of Diabetes is a must read for all Americans whoareoverweightandthose withpre-diabetesordiabetes. Dr. Fuhrman is a #1 New YorkTimesbest-sellingauthor and a board certified family physician specializing in life- styleandnutritionalmedicine. His newest book, The End of Dieting, debunks the fake “science” of popular fad diets and offers an alternative to dieting that leads to perma- nent weight loss and excellent health. Visit his informative website at Submit your questions and comments about this column directly to newsquestions@ 1. American Diabetes As- sociation: Diabetes statistics 2. CDC: National Diabetes Fact Sheet. 3. Eur J Cancer 1991, 27:582-586. 4. J Natl Cancer Inst 1999, 91:1147-1154. 5. EurekAlert!; 2010. 6. Endocr Relat Cancer 2009, 16:1103-1123. 7. Arch Physiol Biochem 2008, 114:63-70. 8. Am J Clin Nutr 2008, 87:627-637. 9. Am J Clin Nutr 2008, 87:1793-1801. Dr. Joel Fuhrman DENVER — Three Trini- dad State-Valley Campus students who competed in the Phi Beta Lambda state- wide competition in Denver qualified for the national competitioninJune. Inaddi- tion Trinidad State’s Shawn Cavalli was chosen Advisor of the Year. Trinidad State was also honored for the size of its local program. Colleges from across the state sent representatives to the two-day competition at Johnson and Wales Uni- versity in Denver on April 12 and 13. Phi Beta Lambda is the college counterpart of Future Business Leaders of America, which runs at high schools all over the country. Student Marcos Trujillo won 1st place in Computer Concepts as well as 1st Place Trinidad State students excel at state business competition inNetworkingConcepts. Ja- son Delman had a 2nd place finishinRetailManagement. The team of Trujillo, Delman and Jessie Hinkley also won 2nd place in Parliamentary Procedures. Those who finish in the top three at the state level automatically qualify for the national Phi Beta Lambda competition, this summer in Nashville in late June. Hinkley also took fifth place in Word Processing. Trujillo had taken home a 2nd place plaque last year in Computer Concepts. “They’rebasicallyhundred questionexamsandyouhave an hour to complete it. So you’re definitely under the gun; less than a minute a question,”saidTrujillo. “The more interesting part is the group events that we were able to compete in. Jason and I did Business Decision Making. We didn’t place, but we actually had to present in frontofapanelofjudges.You have 20 minutes to prepare yourpresentationfromacase study that they provide you. And it’s just completely off the top of your head.” “There were four-year col- leges, there were community colleges,” said Cavalli. “The two certificates that we got forhighestincreaseinenroll- mentandmostmemberswas onthecommunitycollegelev- el. But all these awards—we were competing against the Air Force Academy, Adams State University, business schools from Colorado.” In addition, the Trinidad StateChapterwontheaward for raising the most money to support the state PBL- sponsored charity Rachel’s Challenge, which seeks to combat bullying in schools. Rachel was the first stu- dent shot and killed during the Columbine tragedy and the idea behind the char- ity is based on her attitude and journals that focused on including students who struggle socially. “Part of the evaluation is softskills—dress,demeanor, professionalism, all of that is taken into consideration,” said Cavalli. “So all the students needed to present themselves very profession- ally, which is a good reflec- tion on our school.” Trujillo will graduate next month from Trinidad State with an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Net- working and Technologies. This will be his second time to go to the national compe- tition. Delman and Hinkley willbebackatTrinidadState in the fall to continue their studies. Trinidad State’s competitors at the statewide Phi Beta Lambda competition are shown with their awards. From left are Advisor Shawn Cavalli and students Jason Delman, Jessie Hinkley and Marcos Trujillo. Courtesy Photo SLV TA announces annual conference SAN LUIS VALLEY— The San Luis Valley Tour- ism Association announces its annual tourism confer- ence and auction which will be held on Thursday, May 8 at the Bistro Rialto in Alamosa. This year's theme will be "Communicating, Network- ing and Branding Together." Registration begins at 2:30 p.m., and Karla Shriver will be kicking off the event by introducing the new SLV GO campaign. All San Luis Valley tour- ism entities will be encour- aged to give updates of their news and marketing efforts. John Ricks, associate director of the Colorado Tourism Office, will be the keynote speaker highlight- ing how the tourism indus- try has led the recovery in Colorado and how promo- tion of the state has paid off. Proceeds from the auction to follow will go towards matching funds for a CTO grant to promote the San Luis Valley as a tourism destination. The registration fee is $25, and any tourism business that attends will receive a one-year membership to the association. For more information or to register email Habitat Store hours given ALAMOSA — Habitat StoreisopenTuesdaythrough Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 507 Main Street, Alamosa. Habitat offers gently used building supplies and home furnishings for discounted prices.Todonate,callRhonda at 588-3689; for information call 589-8688; or check out Donationshelpbuildhomes in the San Luis Valley. 5-6-14 Daily pgs 1-12.indd 55-6-14 Daily pgs 1-12.indd 5 5/5/14 10:26 PM5/5/14 10:26 PM