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Obesity is associated with 11 Cancers

posted by Admin User at 2017-04-26 14:38:00

Obesity is a complex disease that involves more than being overweight – it is a devastating health condition which comes along with a package full of possible dangerous diseases, such as cardiovascular disorders, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and myriad of musculoskeletal joint/back/hip issues. None of this may come as a surprise to many people, however cancer is rarely on this list of comorbid conditions – read on to see why it should.

People who are suffering from obesity have a strong chance of developing or dying from various types of cancer. A recently published review article has verified this fact by highlighting a strong connection between excess body weight and 11 different types of cancers.


The British Medical Journal has published a review article on February 28 2017, "Adiposity and cancer at major anatomical sites: umbrella review of the literature", in which the researchers from Imperial College of London have provided strong evidence on the connection between adiposity (obesity/ excessive body weight) and the chances of developing or dying from malignancies. In this study, researchers have analyzed 204 systematic reviews from 49 previously published papers (selected on the basis of a specific criterion). In excluded papers, the evidence of a connection between obesity and the development of cancer was too small or seemed exaggerated.

Among 36 extensively studied cancers, 11 cancers (multiple myeloma, breast cancer, adenocarcinoma, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, cancers of the kidney, biliary tract system, gastric cardia, endometrium, rectum, and ovary) provided strong evidence showing a link to obesity.

The researchers analyzed the pattern of the development of cancer while associating it with different levels of body mass index and other characteristics. These characteristics vary in both men and women. For example, in women, measurement of excessive belly fat, waist to hip circumference ratio and weight gain, were linked with the greater risks for the onset of postmenstrual breast cancer and endometrial cancer.

Researchers observed that, In both men and women, a higher BMI is associated with an increased risk for the development of cancers in pancreas, kidney, bone marrow, esophageal adenocarcinoma, and biliary tract system.The risk of the colon and rectal cancers were higher in men than women, while chances of endometrial malignancies were greater in young women.In menopausal women who didn't receive any hormone replacement therapy to lessen symptoms, every 5kg weight gain increased the chances for the development of breast cancer by 11%.Every 0.1 unit increase in the waist to hip circumference ratio elevated the chances of endometrial cancer to 21%.With every 5 unit increase in the BMI, chances for rectal cancer increased by 9% in men and risks for malignancies in the biliary tract system elevated by 56% in women.The increase in BMI was strongly linked with the development of cancers in the gall bladder, ovaries, stomach, and colorectal cancer. In addition to that, the high value of BMI also resulted in and increased risk of dying from bone marrow malignancies.

This complex disease of obesity has a reliable treatment- and therefore, a possible prevention or way to decrease the risk of various types of cancer. This treatment is bariatric/metabolic surgery- these are not just weight loss operations, these are operations that save lives. Log onto to start the journey toward a healthier life for you or a loved one.

posted at: 2017-04-26 14:38:00, last updated: 2017-04-26 14:58:37

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