Researchers from the British Columbia Cancer Agency in Vancouver reported that individuals who consume the highest amounts of digestible carbohydrate (the non-fibre component of carbohydrate) have a twofold-increased risk for developing colorectal cancer, compared with those who eat the lowest amounts. WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s more, the study revealed that digestible carbohydrates act differently in women than in men. The study analyzed data on consumption of digestible carbohydrate in about 490 migrant Chinese with colorectal cancer and 1,100 healthy migrant Chinese who served as controls. All subjects were between 40 and 80 years of age and living in North America. Women with the highest consumption of digestible carbohydrate had more than a sevenfold increased risk of colon cancer on the right side compared with women with the lowest consumption. In men, the highest consumption of digestible carbohydrate was linked to a twofold-increased risk for left rectal cancer.
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