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Man’s best friend?

Prof Dominic J Mellor and colleagues from the University of Glasgow have found that in dogs across the UK, nearly 40% were overweight while a futher 20% were obese.

Risk factors were owner’s age (older), fewer hours exercised, more snacks/treats, and low personal income. Previous research had found that obese owners were more likely to have obese dogs.

While at the July 2010 Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting, Dr Demian Dressler, a veterinarian specialising in canine cancer, recommended severely limiting snack foods for humans and dogs that contain ingredients rich in omega-6, such as corn oil, vegetable oil and grain-fed red meat.

He explained that too much omega-6 fatty acid can lead to inflammation, which creates an environment conducive to cancer in dogs and people.

Dressler also said studies show obesity in both dogs and humans limits the production of adiponectin, a hormone that has been shown to inhibit cancer cell growth.

He recommended reducing calories, particularly those from sugar, which has the additional danger of not only causing obesity, but also feeding cancer cells and encouraging their growth.

In comparing human and canine cancer, Dressler bases his research on evidence that dogs have similar cancers to humans, and veterinary oncology uses almost all the human cancer drugs to treat dogs. A dog’s compressed lifespan allows researchers to see the effects of the drugs quickly and apply those findings to humans.

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July 25, 2010 - Posted by | Aging, Cancer, Demian Dressler, Diet, Dominic J Mellor, Exercise, Health, Obesity, Omega-6, Success, Weight management

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