The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has released a guide for ginger-eating adults to reduce their risk of developing oral cancers.
The AAFP’s Ginger Oral Health Tracker is a resource for anyone who has a family member or friend who is ginger-sensitive or is interested in reducing their risk.
The guide was developed with the help of members of the Ginger Community, who have volunteered their time to help others understand ginger’s potential for oral health.
The website, which has been downloaded more than 25,000 times, has been developed by the AAFP, the American Academy for Gastroenterology, and the American College of Gastrointestinal and Colorectal Surgeons (ACGSS) and is aimed at people with chronic, or ongoing, conditions that could affect their ability to swallow.
“Ginger-sensitive individuals can suffer from a wide range of health conditions, including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and other inflammatory bowel diseases, and have a heightened risk of dying of cancer,” said Dr. Steven D. DeCarlo, director of the American Gastroentesis Institute at UCLA and an AAFPS president.
“Many of us experience digestive distress and digestive issues that may contribute to a high risk of pancreatic cancer.”
The site includes a short list of ways to reduce your risk of oral cancer, which is estimated to affect more than one in four Americans.
For example, one in seven Americans will develop a severe allergic reaction to ginger, and a small percentage of these reactions are considered life-threatening.
“We’re seeing an increase in people that are eating ginger and are consuming ginger-containing products, which are thought to be associated with a higher risk of a severe, life-ending disease,” said the AAFPS’s DeCarlos.
“This may be linked to how we think about ginger.”
There are a few things that can help lower your risk.
For instance, if you are sensitive to certain ingredients, such as ginger and certain spices, there is evidence that reducing your intake of these ingredients may be helpful.
There are also ways to lower your chances of developing a serious cancer, such for people with a history of colorecta and colon cancer.
For more on ginger and oral health check out our guide to ginger.