Diet in Heart Disease and Cancer

  • David Kritchevsky
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 369)


It is difficult to do justice to two broad subjects in a short discourse. The principal killer diseases of our time, coronary disease and cancer, are both degenerative diseases of multiple etiology. There are defined risk factors for coronary disease — elevated plasma cholesterol level, elevated blood pressure, cigarette smoking, overweight, male gender. Cancer, being a more complex and widely physiologically disseminated disease, does not have any particular list of risk factors. Diet has been associated with coronary disease because of its connection with blood lipids and overweight and because the earliest experimental lesions were induced in rabbits by dietary means. The connection of diet with cancer was the subject of heightened attention after Doll and Peto (1981) listed it as a possibly important factor leading to cancer in the U.S.


Caloric Restriction Cocoa Butter Fiber Intake Experimental Atherosclerosis Texture Vegetable Protein 
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  • David Kritchevsky
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  1. 1.The Wistar InstitutePhiladelphiaUSA

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