Metastases: the role of saturated fats

A study has shown that the metastases from several different types of cancers are derived from subpopulations of tumor cells which express the fatty acid receptor CD36 at their cell surface. The activation of this receptor by a saturated fat that is ubiquitous in modern diets (palmitate) stimulates the formation of these metastases, suggesting that an excess of saturated fats in the diet could play an important role in the evolution of cancer. Download the column

Richard Béliveau

News Flash!

An important recent study involving over a million participants shows that obese people are at greater risk of premature death, even those rare individuals who are in good physical shape. Being overweight and in good health thus remains a myth, and so maintaining normal body weight remains necessary for the prevention of chronic disease, as is proclaimed by all public health agencies. Download this column