Abdominal Fat Announces Certain Cancers
As a precursor of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, abdominal fat would also be a risk factor for cancer.
Abdominal fat, a risk factor for the metabolic syndrome, could predict the risk of cancer, according to the results of a study published in the British Journal of Cancer. Adding about 11 cm of fat around the waist would increase the risk of cancers related to obesity by 13%.
Researchers at the International Cancer Research Agency conducted a study with medical data from 43,000 participants who were followed up for an average of 12 years. Among them, over 1,600 people were diagnosed with cancer related to obesity.
Scientists compared adult body measurements and cancers related to obesity. Using an innovative approach, scientists showed that three different measures of body size, BMI, waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio all predicted a similar risk of cancer associated with Obesity in the elderly.
Too Much Fat Around The Waist Predicts a Cancer Risk
Findings from their measurements showed that 11 centimeters of additional waist increased cancer risk by 13%. For stomach cancer, an increase of 8 centimeters of fat around the hips is associated with a risk of over 15%.
“This study points out that if you think you are overweight or obese you may develop certain cancers, including breast and intestinal cancers,” says Dr. Julie Sharp, International Agency for Research on Cancer.
“Our results show that BMI and abdominal fat can be good indicators of the risk of cancers related to obesity.”
“It is important that people are informed about ways to reduce their risk of cancer, and while there is no guarantee against the disease, keeping a healthy weight by eating better and by practicing physical activity can help to combat the risks of cancer “.