High Protein Diets and Cancer

No surprise here. Steven Reinberg of HealthDay News reports high protein diets may increase cancer risk:
"Many people in the United States and Italy are eating 50 percent more protein than what is recommended," Dr. Luigi Fontana, an assistant professor of medicine at Washington University in St. Louis said. "If we eat 50 percent more calories than recommended, we become overweight and obese. What happens if you eat 50 percent more protein than required -- we don't know."


He speculated that eating too much protein increases the risk for cancer and also accelerates aging, "but we need more studies to see if my hypothesis is true or false."

One expert also thinks that a high-protein diet increases the risk for certain cancers.

"We recently published a paper that also shows that a high-protein diet is bad for you. It reduces survival; it increases the risk of cancer," said Dr. Dimitrios Trichopoulos, the Vincent L. Gregory Professor of Cancer Prevention at the Harvard School of Public Health's Department of Epidemiology.
For more on the meat-disease connection check out these previous posts:
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FreeRadicalFederation.com - December 8, 2006 11:53 AM

I'm very surprised you didn't comment further. With quotes like these:

"What happens if you eat 50 percent more protein than required -- we don't know."

and

"but we need more studies"

Why didn't you put these quotes into perspective? There is a lot of strong research already supporting the position that too much protein is bad for you. Has Dr. Luigi Fontana not heard of the China Study? Or does he feel it is inadequate?

I think this article would have been a lot more useful and intersting if it brought together a fuller picture of all that is already known about this topic.

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