Eating an unhealthy diet has a big impact on your risk of developing cancer.

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Eating well is an important part of improving your health, maintaining a healthy weight, and reducing your cancer risk. Evidence that shows that being overweight or obese is a leading cause of 12 different types of cancer. This study found that 80,110 new cancer cases among adults over 20 years old were a result of eating an unhealthy diet. The good news is that you can do something about this. By changing your diet, you will decrease your risk for developing cancer. For people with diabetes, this is very important because we know that eating a healthy diet is one of the first lines of defense to either prevent or manage diabetes.

What is an unhealthy diet? Researchers agreed that an unhealthy diet has many contributing factors. This includes eating very little vegetables, fruits, whole grains and dairy products while eating a lot of processed meats, red meats, and sugary drinks (like soda, iced tea, and fruit juice). Ultra-processed foods, including pre-made frozen dishes, packaged baked goods, and fast food now make up 60% of the calories in the average American diet. Of all the different types of cancer, researchers found that colon and rectal cancers were the most common type caused by poor diet at 38.3%. For example, research shows that eating just one slice of bacon a day is linked to a higher risk of colorectal cancer.

Ethnic minorities, including blacks and Latinos, had the highest number of diet-related cancer cases compared to other groups. Researchers emphasized that diet is something that is in our control to change. It can make a big difference in overall health for people with diabetes as well as for those without. To prevent cancer, researchers suggest avoiding ultra-processed foods and eating a healthy diet. This includes a diet that is high in plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans.

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