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Red meat ups kidney cancer risk

Tue, 21 Apr 2009

Diets rich in red meat have long been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and colon cancer, a new study adds kidney cancer to the list.

Renal cell carcinoma (also called renal adenocarcinoma or hypernephroma) is the most common type of kidney cancer. The condition is more prevalent in 40 to 60 year-old men.

Smoking, obesity, lack of physical exercise, and occupational exposure are considered as the condition's main risk factors.

However, according to the study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, eating too much red meat, white bread and potatoes places individuals at a higher risk of developing renal cell carcinoma, the most common type of kidney cancer.

The high vegetable content of a diet is believed to have a protective effect against this cancer. Such a relationship however was not reported for fruits and dairy food.

The high glycemic index -- an indicator showing how quickly blood glucose rises after eating a particular food -- of these foods affects insulin resistance as well as the insulin-like growth factors, leading to increased kidney cancer risk.

Women are reported to be more influenced by this effect.

Scientists therefore urge adopting a healthy diet rich in vegetables and low in red meat with the aim of tackling various health conditions including renal cell carcinoma.

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The Meat Free Zone (MFZ) campaign is intended to make the MeatFreeZone logo as recognizable a symbol as the "Smoke Free Zone". The idea was originally conceived  when The WARM Store in Woodstock, NY, was in operation throughout the '90's (Woodstock Animal Rights Movement).  The store was truly a meat free zone as it was the first cruelty-free, Vegan, socially conscious animal rights store in the United States.  Now  that  the Vegan and Vegetarian movements have been growing so rapidly, more and more people are showing concern about the food in their diet and their overall  health and nutrition.  Many people are giving up eating fish, chicken, beef, pork (pigs ), dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream) and eggs.  Headlines of Mad Cow disease, E-coli and salmonella are in the news with greater frequency.  Vegan and vegetarian recipe cookbooks are standard now  in all bookstores and many restaurants have added Vegan and Vegetarian options to their menus. We hope you will help us with the Meat Free Zone campaign by putting the signs up in your homes and workplaces and by spreading them to all the vegetarian and vegan restaurants that you know and frequent.  And someday we will have true "meat free zones" in establishments that serve meat.

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