Diet and health: this is how a famous oncologist eats

Diet and health: this is how a famous oncologist eats

Dr. Neil Iyengar is a renowned American oncologist with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Research. He specializes in breast cancer, and is known for his research on the link between diet, nutrition, metabolism and cancer.

He explains that for the cancer patient it is not necessary to follow a specific dietary protocol, but that it is instead essential to have and maintain good habits both at the table and in lifestyle: moderation in the diet, and physical activity that is carried out regularly, to walking, for example, are two very important factors both for those who are healthy and for those who are sick.


Neil Iyengar is specifically concerned with the correlation between body fat, inflammation and breast cancer.
Body fat, he explains, is an important element in the genesis of cancer. When a fat cell grows in size, its need for oxygen increases significantly, but in order to survive it begins to function abnormally, as if it were dying. This behavior causes inflammation of the tissue.The body tries to get rid of the fat cell, but in doing so, in killing fat cells, our immune system is not very efficient, and releases inflammatory cytokines. Inflamed fatty tissue produces estrogen via aromatase. This is probably why, she says, we are seeing a link between estrogen levels and breast cancer. The more body fat a woman has, the more estrogen this woman will produce.

But what does this famous oncologist eat? Here is his diet

In a recent interview Neil Iyengar explained his diet , however saying that according to him the best diet for those who do not want to get sick must have only two requirements.

  1. Be as varied as possible, and preferably on a vegetarian basis or with a limited intake of meat, to avoid an excess of saturated fats and even nutritional deficiencies. If the diet is varied and full of seasonal products, he explains, there is no need to take supplements. For this reason, it is important not to dwell on the choice of food.
  2. Lead to the maintenance of a good body weight or weight reduction in case of excess visceral fat, therefore to a reduction in abdominal fat: in this the scales are not our best friend, because, explains the doctor, there are also fake ones thin. These are people of moderate weight but who have high levels of visceral fat.

The doctor eats a lot of fruit and vegetables during the day, prepares meals at home and with the family, does not order food out, but even when he works all day he prefers to bring a healthy meal from home and reheat it in the office . He snacks sugar-free muesli and almonds, drinks carbonated water instead of fizzy drinks and favors the consumption of fruit over sweets, which he has reduced to special occasions.

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