Many people are unaware of how lifestyle habits, such as drinking alcohol can increase the risk for cancer, says Dr. David Samadi, Chairman of Urology at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Samadi has addressed this issue in former published articles, like “The More A Man Drinks Alcohol, The Higher His Risk Of Prostate Cancer”, and “Alcohol Linked to 7 Cancers.” Several studies at Cambridge University, say drinking can permanently damage your DNA, leading to mutations.
— Dr. David Samadi (@drdavidsamadi) April 19, 2018
Alcohol Metabolites Are Toxic To Cells
In a study performed at Cambridge University, researchers say Acetaldehyde, a metabolite of ethanol, is toxic and has the ability to alter the cell reproductive cycle, thus starting the formation of a tumor mass.
During the investigations, the authors of the study observed the damages of Acetaldehyde on the blood stem cells, which give rise to all the adult cells: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, dendritic cells and lymphocytes. Acetaldehyde would cause rupture and so-called rearrangement of portions of DNA within these cells. A real mutation that then reappears in all subsequent generations of cells. Dr. Samadi, an expert oncologist and urologist, warns alcohol consumption has steep risk factors.
The body does have a defense system, Dr. David Samadi points out. There are cases in which the body has a strong endogenous repair system to “repair” the damage caused to DNA, however, in other cases it shows that the body is not that efficient.
The study shows that if the body is not able to convert alcohol adequately, it can translate into an even greater risk of damage caused to DNA and thus, mutate into various types of cancer. Dr. Samadi points out, DNA repair is not perfect, so this study means that in many cases, the alcohol could still cause cancer.
As an advocate for living a healthy lifestyle, Dr. Samadi suggests everyone should be diligent in monitoring what they eat, drink and if they are getting enough exercise. A healthy lifestyle decreases the risk of developing cancer.
Dr. David Samadi has spent more than two decades delivering accurate and usable medical information. From Director at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital to Vice Chairman of Urology at Mt Sinai Hospital to his current role as Chairman of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, Dr. Samadi has become one of the best known oncology urologist.
He is also the host of Sunday Housecall, which airs on Sundays at 12:30. The medical talk show offers advice and insight into a variety of diseases. In addition to his expertise, he also showcases esteemed medical panelists that offer medical news, developments and updates.
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