It’s a test for your memory skill! Just think quickly and tell me for how long you have been the way you are right now in terms of body weight? A word of caution here as your answer holds the key to your risk of cancer.
Overweight and obesity are becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s world with almost 2 billion adults and 350 million children and teenagers worldwide classified as either overweight or obese. Pitifully this condition has no barriers but seems to affect any individual residing in any country (low-, middle- or high-income) equally. The rate at which it affects people depends on the individual. The excess energy from the food that we consume is stored as fat in adipose tissue. The quantity of adipose tissue varies upon person to person and, the size and location of fat stores too differ depending on the individual. Such storage of excess weight affects the health of a person. This extra fat exists as the root cause for various serious diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other metabolic disorders.
Don’t Carry the Excess Baggage for Long, Your Chances of Escaping Cancer Risk might become Forlorn
The longer that a woman is overweight/obese greater are her chances of suffering from cancer. The duration of your high BMI (body mass index) levels is linked to developing many different types of cancer right from breast to endometrium.
The researchers analyzed data of around 74,000 participants whose BMI records of several years were maintained, diet, smoking, hormone use and history of cancer were also noted and none of the participants suffered from cancer at the beginning of the study. The study happened for 12 years during which almost 6400 patients were diagnosed with obesity-related cancer. Results showed that when women were obese for more than a decade continuously their risk of obesity-related cancers shot up by 7%, their risk of breast cancer went up by 5% and the risk of endometrial cancer by 5%. When you think about association between obesity and cancer logically too this seems to fit the bill. Survival with obesity/overweight issues for a long period is said to increase the risk of insulin resistance, DNA damage, hypertension and changes in hormone metabolism. Beyond the duration of obesity/overweight the chances of being affected by cancer also depend on the degree of overweight. Few evidences also show that having a BMI above 29 kg/m2 increases the risk of cervical cancer.
Surprisingly, almost 2/3 of participants in the study were obese/overweight during some point in life. Researchers compared the health of these women to that of those who have never been hit by obesity. The research team’s primary goal was to understand whether being obese for a long time affects cancer risk. Endometrial postmenopausal breast cancer was highly prevalent in those who never used postmenopausal hormones. Staying overweight continuously increases the risk of heart diseases, diabetes and changes in hormone metabolism, all of which are great factors that can increase the risk of cancer. But again, not every obese/overweight woman can be assured of cancer development as this is a disease that is greatly influenced by genetic and environmental factors too.
Increased body weight increases the risk of esophageal, mouth, stomach, larynx, ovarian, endometrial, prostate, kidney, liver, colorectal, breast, gallbladder and pancreatic cancer.
Settling Down the Risk of Cancer
Men and women are at an increased risk of cancer due to overweight issues. While overweight is a grave issue it is seen that even a 5-10% decrease in body weight reduces blood levels of estrogen, testosterone, insulin and inflammation-related biomarkers. Including a healthy diet plan and regular activity surely carries with it a series of positive effects on the body. Relying only on either diet or exercise doesn’t do the trick. You need to introduce your body to both these changes simultaneously to reap total benefits. If you suffer from obesity/overweight-related issues its high time that you get in touch with reputed dietitian nutritionists at www.firsteatright.com who can help you with your weight loss efforts in the most practical and sensible way possible. Why suffer from some disease or illness when you are better off without any concerns simply by exercising and eating healthy?
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