A lot can happen in ten years, but did you know that for every decade that you’re overweight, your chance of having cancer increases?
A recent study was conducted with the Women’s Health Initiative with over 73,000 women across the US. The study factored in different aspects of the women’s health, including body mass index (BMI), diet, smoking, physical activity, hormone use, and family history of cancer or diabetes. BMI, which is a measure of body fat based on weight and height, is frequently used to measure obesity, with a range of a BMI of 25-30 as overweight, with 30 or higher being obese. The study was conducted over 12 years and roughly 6,300 instances of obesity related cancers were diagnosed in the study participants.
The most interesting part of the study was the connection that was made between obesity and the rate of increase in cancer – 7% for every 10 years of being overweight. Additionally, the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer was 5% higher and endometrial cancer by 17%. The study also indicated that it’s not just about how long you’re overweight, but there is also a relationship between how overweight you are for that same period of time. The link between cancer and being overweight comes from the fact that excess fat tissue creates an overabundance of blood and tissue factors that help with the development of tumors. Although the study was conducted with women, the risk also exists for men.
Luckily, there is something you can do to help reduce your risk of cancer due to obesity and weight related issues. Diet and exercise can help you lose the excess weight and get down to a healthy BMI. If you’re not currently exercising, it is best to consult with your doctor before starting a routine, as well as addressing a healthy diet.
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