By Kyle J. Norton
The pancreas is an oblong flattened gland in the digestive and endocrine system located in the abdomen. By secreting pancreatic juice to the small intestine, pancreas aids the digestive system to break down carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids.
Men are at higher risk than women to develop pancreatic cancer due to more men are smokers and heavy drinkers
As a result of contamination of food qi absorbed by the pancreas during digestion (TCM)
No one knew how cigarette carcinogens trigger pancreatic cancer but there is a link.
Researchers suggested that pancreatic cancer may be a predisposed of chronic pancreatitis due to excessive alcohol drinking.
Studies showed that 5–10% of pancreatic cancer patients have a family history of pancreatic cancer.
Diet high in fat, sugar, artificial sweeteners, low veggies, and fruits are at risk to develop pancreatic cancer.
The onset of diabetes is the early sign of the disease.
Obesity is one of the major cause of diabetes.
According to the American Cancer Society, smoking increases the risks of pancreatic cancer.
On finding a potential compound for the prevention and treatment of pancreatic cancer, researchers examined the protective effect of several antioxidants and other nutrients including carotenoids on pancreatic cancer risk.
* Plasma β-carotene showed an inverse association with pancreatic cancer risk with relative odd ratio risk of highest vs. lowest quartile of 0.52.
* The relative odds ratio risk of highest vs. lowest quartile of Zeaxanthin was 0.52.
* The relative odds ratio risk of the highest vs. lowest quartile of α-tocopherol was 0.62.
More interestingly, in geographical analysis, the serum of α- and β-carotene, lutein, the sum of carotenoids and γ-tocopherol was vary depending on the region and location of the people live.
Based on the findings, researchers said, ” our results show that higher plasma concentrations of β-carotene, zeaxanthin and α-tocopherol may be inversely associated with risk of pancreatic cancer, but further studies are warranted”.
Intake of carotenoids in the form of supplement should be taken with extreme care to prevent overdose acute liver toxicity.
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(1) Plasma carotenoids, vitamin C, retinol and tocopherols levels and pancreatic cancer risk within the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition: a nested case-control study: plasma micronutrients and pancreatic cancer risk by Jeurnink SM1, Ros MM, Leenders M, van Duijnhoven FJ, Siersema PD, Jansen EH, van Gils CH, Bakker MF, Overvad K, Roswall N, Tjønneland A, Boutron-Ruault MC, Racine A, Cadeau C, Grote V, Kaaks R, Aleksandrova K, Boeing H, Trichopoulou A, Benetou V, Valanou E, Palli D, Krogh V, Vineis P, Tumino R, Mattiello A, Weiderpass E, Skeie G, Castaño JM, Duell EJ, Barricarte A, Molina-Montes E, Argüelles M, Dorronsoro M, Johansen D, Lindkvist B, Sund M, Crowe FL, Khaw KT, Jenab M, Fedirko V, Riboli E, Bueno-de-Mesquita HB. (PubMed)