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Fight Cancer with Your Diet Santa Monica, CA
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Did you know that nearly half of all cancers are considered preventable? Though there are more than 100 different types of this disease, cancer of any kind is a devastating diagnosis. Therefore, it is important to understand and implement the tactics you can use to lower your risk for cancer. When it comes to preventing cancer, you may be familiar with recommendations to stop smoking and wear sunscreen. However, you should know that your diet plays a strong role in cancer prevention too. In fact, there is extensive research that shows a connection between certain foods and a lower cancer risk.

Foods that Fight Cancer

Adding wholesome, plant-based foods to your plate can go a long way in your fight against cancer. Consider the following choices that are rich in antioxidants and fiber:

  • Berries and other fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Legumes
  • Healthy proteins

The Importance of Metabolic Health

While there are over twelve cancers that are associated with obesity, it is not the number of the scale that contributes to cancer. Instead, it is metabolic health. Healthline defines metabolic health as “having ideal levels of blood sugar, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, blood pressure, and waist circumference, without using medications.” Therefore, staying within a healthy weight range, eating nutrient-rich foods and exercising regularly become very important lifestyle choices in your quest to fight cancer.

Want to Avoid Cancer? Avoid This

What we put into our bodies can make or break its health. A healthy body is less likely to provide an environment for certain types of cancer cells. Therefore, research suggest that cancer prevention should also include limiting the following:

  • Red or processed meats
  • Alcohol
  • Sugars (increases blood sugar)
  • Tobacco

Building a Healthy Plate to Prevent Cancer

There is no single food that can fight cancer. Instead, it is important to find a balance of healthy foods to fill your plate at mealtime. Consider a plate with two-thirds plant-based foods and no more than one-third in animal protein. In general, the more colorful your fruits and vegetables are, the more ammunition you are gaining against cancer causing agents.

More and more research is being conducted about the specific nutrients and vitamins we can consume to fight specific cancers. For example, we already know that naturally occurring folate may help to prevent cancers of the breast, rectum and colon while the lycopene in tomatoes is showing great promise in fighting against prostate cancer.

Want to learn more about how to prevent cancer with what you eat? Call the office of Dr. Brent Michael in Santa Monica. We proudly offer services in cancer prevention and cancer screening.

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2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM