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Food for Life News You Need | October 2012
Nutrition in the News
Question of the Month

Question: Everyone is talking about arsenic in rice. Should I avoid it?


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Spanish-Language-Only Kickstart Launched by PCRM on Oct. 1


Vegetariano en 21 Dias features a new, flavorful menu of recipes, nutrition webcasts, and helpful tips from celebrity coaches like international TV host Marco Regil and cookbook author Terry Hope Romero. Learn more here >>

Food for Life Instructor Spotlight: Mona Sigal

FFLIB_Mona Sigal

Mona’s experience in a hospital’s emergency department brought light to the reality of the relationship between diet and disease. As a FFL instructor, she is able to bring this lifesaving information to the folks who desperately need it.  

PCRM Vegan Recipe Wins Blue Ribbon at Applefest

Bakeda Phyllo

Food for Life instructor Rose Lee Horwitz recently attended a bake-off in her community and showed folks how delicious and healthful vegan baked goods can be!  Read more here >>

There is Still time to Join PCRM's VegRun


Calling all runners! Support PCRM’s lifesaving work and get ready for your fall races at the same time.  Learn more here >>


Nutrition in Research

Diabetes Linked to Higher Risk of Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to learn about the best ways to fight this disease. Although tests and treatments for breast cancer should be discussed with medical professionals, preventative measures through diet and lifestyle may be the most important step women can take. Recently, a study was published showing the link between diabetes and breast cancer. It appears that having diabetes increases breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women. Researchers followed 52,657 women with diabetes and 30,210 women without diabetes and tracked who developed breast cancer and whether diabetes medication could alter their breast cancer risk. Postmenopausal women with diabetes had a 12 percent greater risk of developing breast cancer, compared with women without diabetes. Diabetes medications appeared to do nothing to lower breast cancer risk. A 2010 report from the American Cancer Society and the American Diabetes Association found that having diabetes more than doubled the risk of pancreatic, liver, and endometrial cancers and also increased the risk of breast, bladder, and colorectal cancer. It’s important for women to know these connections: Avoiding one disease such as diabetes can help prevent another.

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Redaniel MT, Jeffreys M, May MT, Ben-Shlomo Y, Martin RM. Associations of type 2 diabetes and diabetes treatment with breast cancer risk and mortality: a population-based cohort study among British women. [published online ahead of print Sept 13, 2012]. Cancer Causes Control. DOI: 10.1007/s10552-012-0057-0.

Giovannucci E, Harlan DM, Archer MC, et al. Diabetes and Cancer: A Consensus Report. CA Cancer J Clin. 2010;33:1674-1685.



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