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Tall People at Greater Risk of Cancer ‘Because They Have More Cells’

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

Research suggests that the taller you are, the higher your risk for getting certain types cancers. While scientists have several different theories on why this is so, one possibility may be that taller people simply have more cells — which ups the probability for cancer occurrence. But you don’t need to fret just because you’re tall — something over which you have no control — researchers told The Guardian, as there are other things you can control, such as not smoking and keeping a healthy weight.

It’s interesting that the researchers would mention weight as a tool for guarding against cancer, as countless studies show that maintaining a healthy weight is a huge factor in cancer prevention. I fully believe that cancer is a metabolic disease and, to that end, there are pioneers who are working tirelessly to help you learn how to prevent, manage and treat cancer from a metabolic standpoint.

An easy way to address this issue on your own is to first give up added sugars and high-carbohydrate foods. This means ditching all processed foods (anything that comes in a box, bag or can) and eating only whole, fresh, organically grown produce and meats. My book, “Fat for Fuel,” explains how to utilize this method of eating through a ketogenic diet; my upcoming book, “Superfuel,” explains more about the fats that are good for you, the ones that are bad for you, and how to tell the difference.

Next, time your meals in a way that makes it easier for your body to process them. In recent years, it’s become increasingly clear that your body simply isn’t designed to run optimally when continuously fed. If you eat throughout the day and never skip a meal, your body adapts to burning sugar as its primary fuel, which downregulates enzymes that utilize and burn stored fat. As a result, you start gaining weight, and efforts at weight loss tend to be ineffective.

This is where intermittent fasting can help. As a general rule, intermittent fasting involves cutting calories in whole or in part, either a couple of days a week, every other day, or daily. At the end of the day, two meals (rather than the classic three) are ideal when you practice intermittent fasting. Which two you eat is up to you, but I advise not eating at all at least two hours, and preferably three, before bedtime.

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