More people are learning to cook simple meals without using meat or dairy products as a way to reduce their risk of cancer. Studies have linked meat with various types of cancer, including one study from Harvard that found daily meat eaters had about three times the colon cancer risk of people who rarely ate meat.
U.S. researchers found people who consumed the most trans fat via the foods they ate were more likely to have precancerous colon polyps. Study participants who had trans-fatty acid consumption of about 6.54 grams daily were 86% more likely to have polyps than those whose intake was about 3.63 grams.
A recent study of more than 1,000 stage III colon cancer patients found that those who ate a diet high in fats, red meat and refined grains had almost a quadrupled risk for recurrence than those who consumed less of those foods.
Congress is evaluating how much the government pays insurance companies to provide health services beyond traditional care. Plans that offer Medicare Advantage services, such as prescription drug coverage and eye exams, receive more money than other plans, and the Congressional Budget Office estimates that cutting payments to the Medicare Advantage program could save $65 billion over five years.
Overweight people who ate a low-carb diet lost more pounds than those who ate a portion-controlled, low-fat diet, according to a study published this month in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. At 12 weeks, the low-carb group had lost 4.2 pounds of fat versus 2 pounds for the low-fat diet group. But when it came to maintaining the weight loss, both diets were about the same.