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Garlic May Protect Against Lung Cancer

Posted Sep 05 2013 10:13pm

A number of previous studies report a protective effect of garlic, in both in vitro and in vivo experimental studies of cancer.  Zi-Yi Jin, from the Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China), and colleagues interviewed 1,424 lung cancer patients, as well as 4,543 healthy control subjects, to ascertain lifestyle behaviors (particularly, if they smoked) and dietary habits (particularly, how much garlic they ate).  The data revealed that consuming raw garlic may reduce lung cancer risk by as much as 44%. Among smokers, eating raw garlic 2-3 times a week may reduce lung cancer risk by as much as 30%.  Noting a “protective association between intake of raw garlic and lung cancer,” the study authors conclude that: “garlic may potentially serve as a chemopreventive agent for lung cancer.”

Zi-Yi Jin, Ming Wu, Ren-Qiang Han, Xiao-Feng Zhang, Xu-Shan Wang, Ai-Ming Liu, et al.  “Raw Garlic Consumption as a Protective Factor for Lung Cancer, a Population-Based Case–Control Study in a Chinese Population.”  Cancer Prev Res., July 2013; 6:711-718.

  
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Researchers from the University of Chicago (Illinois, USA) report that social isolation may be detrimental to both mental and physical health. The team analyzed data from the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, a nationwide US study involving 3,000 men and women, ages 57 to 85 years. They arrived at three key findings regarding the relationships between health and different types of isolation:

• The researchers found that the most socially connected older adults are three times as likely to report very good or excellent health compared to those who are least connected, regardless of whether they feel isolated.

• The team found that older adults who feel least isolated are five times as likely to report very good or excellent health as those who feel most isolated, regardless of their actual level of social connectedness.

• They determined that social disconnectedness is not related to mental health unless it brings feelings of loneliness and isolation.

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