3rd Annual Congress on Diabetes and Its Complications
University of Toronto, Canada
Title: Nutrition: The Impact on Brain and Cancer
Biography: Catherine Maurice
It is estimated that thirty to forty percent of all cancers can be prevented by lifestyle and dietary measures alone. The main goal is to potentially interfere with the development of precancerous tumors. Even healthy people have a certain number of latent cancerous cells in their tissues. Spontaneous formation of small tumors happens frequently over a lifetime. However, the growth process is interrupted by our defense mechanisms. Those tumors remain microscopic and harmless, until they vanish. Free radicals, environment or diet-associated chemicals can severely damage DNA, leading ultimately to cancer. Certain fruits and vegetables can neutralize carcinogens, increase their excretion and inhibit tumorigenesis. Food also plays a crucial role on the development and maintenance of the central and peripheral nervous system. This presentation aims to identify key concepts and interesting historical facts related to the impact of food in the field of Neuro-Oncology.