A body is vulnerable if:
- It has vulnerable genes (gene mutations, gene omissions)
- It has a compromised immune system (HIV/AIDS)
- It is very young (immature immune system)
- It is very old (related to 2.)
Dietary Fats And Colon Cancer: Assessment Of Risk Associated With Specific Fatty Acids, International Journal of Cancer, 1997
And that was the news that made headlines.
However, analysis of the study's vulnerable population - those with a family history of colon cancer - revealed a strong positive association between dietary fat and colon cancer. The association was higher for unsaturated fats (both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated). Women who had both a family history and a high intake of unsaturated fat had over 3 times the risk, some over 9 times. Those are very high numbers; 3 times is 300%, 9 times is 900%.
Apart from those with a family history, another group that had a higher risk for colon cancer from fat intake were women whose fats were derived from food preparation (fried foods, bakery foods):
"In this study, we observed among women that fats from preparation appeared to increase risk more than fats from foods or fats eaten as additions."So, if you're a woman who enjoys fried foods, especially fried in unsaturated fat (that includes olive oil) AND there's a history of colon cancer in your family, you may be stacking your cancer deck.
Another reason to eat the Paleo Vegetarian diet.
Or, another reason to avoid easily oxidizable vegetable and seed based PUFAs and MUFAs, and add saturated fat to one's diet.
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