The Week in Review: High-GI Diet Linked To Lung Cancer Risk

Jessica Elsey / March 11, 2016

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA - 2015/03/30: Small pile of long grain white rice over a wooden surface with natural illumination showing highlights and shadows, basmati rice in cutting board. (Photo by Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images)

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA – 2015/03/30: Small pile of long grain white rice over a wooden surface with natural illumination showing highlights and shadows, basmati rice in cutting board. (Photo by Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images)

A diet with a high glycemic index (GI) is linked to an increased risk of lung cancer, according to a new study.

The study, carried out at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, examined 4,320 people, 1,905 who were recently diagnosed with lung cancer and 2,415 with no health issues. Among all participants researchers found a 49 percent higher risk of lung cancer for people eating foods high on the GI scale.

GI measures how a food that contains carbohydrates affects blood glucose. High-GI foods raise blood sugar and stimulate the production of insulin. Foods with high-GI include corn flakes, pretzels and white rice, whereas foods with a low-GI include wholemeal grains, oatmeal and sweet potato.

Lung cancer is currently the second most common cancer in the U.S., with tobacco being the leading cause of cases. But 10 to 15 percent of lung cancer sufferers have never smoked and the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention study is the first to show a significant link between GI and lung cancer in nonsmokers.

High consumption of red meat and saturated fats have previously been linked to increased cancer risk while diets high in fruits and vegetables were found to decrease the risk.

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