the number of deaths caused by stomach cancer has dropped
dramatically over the past decade, it's still one of the leading
forms of cancer fatalities worldwide. According to recent
data, the disease accounted for an estimated 776,000 deaths
One factor that may contribute to stomach cancer
is salt, which can lead to a precancerous condition called
atrophic gastritis. In this study, researchers evaluated the
impact of salt intake in more than 39,000 middle-aged Japanese
men and women over an 11-year period. High salt intake was
linked with an increased incidence of stomach cancer in both
men and women. Men who consumed the most salt had twice the
risk of developing stomach cancer compared to those who ate
the least salt; the risk was less in woman, but still significant.
To reduce your risk of stomach cancer, avoid foods naturally
high in salt, along with foods processed using high amounts
of sodium. Your doctor of chiropractic can help coordinate
a comprehensive wellness plan that includes plenty of nutritious
foods and limits those with high sodium content.
Tsugane S, Sasazuki S, Kobayashi M, et al. Salt and salted
food intake and subsequent risk of gastric cancer among middle-aged
Japanese men and women. British Journal of Cancer 2004;90,
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