Belly fat increases risk of cancer

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Increasing your risk of cancer is not something you think about when you indulge in a bowl of ice cream… or dip into a packet of chocolate buttons.

While the odd sugary or carb-loaded treat won’t do you much harm, the problem steps in when you begin to let the notches out on your belt to accommodate your expanding waistline.

Cancer belly

We all gain a few more inches around the waist every now and then… and while there may be more of you to love… and more for your grandchildren to wrap their arms around… those “love handles” aren’t doing you any favours.

That’s because carrying extra fat around your middle can increase your risk of cancer.

In this new study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, researchers followed 43,000 participants for an average of 12 years. The results showed that at the end of the study, more than 1,600 of the participants were diagnosed with an obesity-related cancer.

In addition, participants who’d added more than four inches to their waistline increased their risk of all obesity-related cancers, on average, by 13 per cent!

And adding as little as three inches was also found to increase the risk of bowel cancer by 15 per cent.

Previously, we’ve highlighted the fact that belly fat can hijack your hormones, increase your insulin levels, and lead to inflammation… and all of these are risk factors for cancer. So the results of this latest study are hardly surprising.

The good news is that you can control your weight. All it takes is a bit of self-control and motivation to stick to a healthy and balanced diet consisting of lean meat and fresh fruit and vegetables, cutting all refined carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods.

Combine this with daily exercise of at least 30 minutes and you’ll be well on your way to dropping those extra pounds.

If you are a little bit older, shifting those extra pounds may seem to take forever. But stick with it. And whatever you do, don’t go on a crash diet. Those quick fixes don’t work and can wreak havoc on your metabolism.



Disclaimer: Bear in mind the material contained in this article is provided for information purposes only. We are not addressing anyone’s personal situation. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.

Sources:

Where body fat is carried can predict cancer risk, sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170524085530.htm

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