Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Excess Weight and Cancer: The Risk Continues to Rise

It has been known for a long while now that people who are overweight (2/3 of all Americans and rising) are at increased risk for cancers of the colon, esophagus, kidney, breast and uterus. If that were not reason enough to get off the couch, skip the white flour bagel and shed a few pounds, a 2016 review of more than 1,000 individual studies by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France, has concluded that eight additional cancers are linked to that jelly doughnut. Cancers of the stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, thyroid, ovaries, brain and blood are now linked to excess weight.

The link is thought to be related to the hormones and inflammation caused by excess body fat. The higher your Body Mass Index (BMI) the greater your risk.

One more reason to eat better, eat less, get moving, and reduce stress.