Toward a Diet That Prevents Cancer

He lost 300 pounds through diet and exercise — now Ryan ‘Mac’ McDonald is racing after his dream

Ryan ‘Mac’ McDonald near his heaviest weight, 530 lbs. Through diet and exercise, he has dropped around 300 lbs. in the past three years.

(But that was the 80s , when carbs were good.)The guidelines since are increasingly based in research and evidence. They’ll continue to change as we learn more. They aren’t specifically meant to protect us from cancer; just to get us as healthy as possible. (USDA, 1980) So Dr. Hannah Arem and a team at the National Institutes of Health wanted to see if we’re on the right track. They calculated the Health Eating Indices (HEIs) of 537,218 people based on the guidelines (the2005 version, which hassince been lightly updated, in 2010), and then compared them to pancreatic cancer rates. 2,383 people ended up getting pancreatic cancer, but they were 15 percent less likely to get it if they had the highest HEIs as compared to the lowest.

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“It wasn’t, oh there are too many fast-food commercials on TV, or too many 32-ounce Doctor Peppers. “It took me 36 years to put 530 pounds on. Even though it came off fast in the big picture, I can’t just expect it to reverse.” As part of his races, Mac raises donations for the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth to combat childhood obesity. He continues to share his journey on his Facebook page and as others discover his story, he wants to tell them that change is possible. “There are a lot of hurting people out there. I read some emails that just broke my heart, about giving up,” he said.

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