Colon Cancer And Milk

Colon cancer is among the five most common cancers worldwide and frequently occurring in Norway. Evidence suggests that lifestyle factors are important when it comes to prevention.

Colon cancer is among the five most frequently occurring cancers in the world. In Norway and other Western countries, the prevalence high, and it appears that lifestyle factors influence the risk of getting cancer.

It seems that increased physical activity can reduce the risk. When it comes to dietary factors, have been particularly studied the intake of fiber, red meat and alcohol. It seems that there is prevention of eating lots of fruits and vegetables, as well as reducing the intake of red meat and alcohol. At the same time has also been hypothesized that it is unlucky with a high fat intake.

Milk and risk of colon cancer:

A meta-analysis (study there you go again results from the amount of studies done on a given theme) showed a reduction in the risk of developing colon cancer by 20{abffe3e1318a9624791ae4064333f2f75374704dc13d09152fd440b16c9e1c0c} when compared to people who had a high intake of milk compared with people who had a low intake of milk.

The substances in milk may possibly have a protective effect?

Calcium may form insoluble compounds with bile acids intestine. Bile acids are produced in the liver and excreted when we eat and is necessary for the digestion of fat. These bile acids can be converted into substances that are detrimental to the lining of the intestine and has been associated with the development of colon cancer. Foods or nutrients that have the ability to bind these substances, such as calcium, are therefore positive.

Increased excretion of bile acids as a result of ingestion of fat may also explain why there probably is a negative to consume too much fat when it comes to cancer.

Have other dairy products the same effect as milk?

It is not found the same effect of cheese or yogurt. In the great cancer report decided that there is a slight tendency to increased risk of colon cancer among people who had a high intake of cheese. The researchers suggest that this may be due to the content of saturated fat in the cheese, which in itself is detrimental when it comes to cancer. The researchers also point out that this finding is contradictory in relation to that milk seems to have a protective effect, and that the burden of proving this relationship is far weaker than for milk protective effect. Based on this, it appears that low-fat cheeses are preferred in terms of this cancer.

How much milk should take?

In meta-analysis, it appeared as if there was a threshold level of about 1000 mg of calcium per day. That means it probably will be no additional effect of consuming more than 1000 mg of calcium per day. In a typical Norwegian diet you get in the approximately 300-400 mg of calcium other than dairy products. To reach 1000 mg, you must also drink about four glasses of milk daily. It is of course also possible to take calcium tablets if you are unable to consume as much milk a day. With today’s knowledge is not known for sure whether there may be other substances in milk that protect against cancer in addition to calcium, and those they’re missing out if you take calcium tablets.

The major cancer report has seen even more studies than meta-analysis. There does not seem like there is an equally clear threshold as shown in the meta-analysis, but emphasized instead that there is a dose-response function, in that there is a greater reduction in risk of colorectal cancer for those who drank the most milk compared with those who drank the least milk.