Obesity & Cancer: What you need to know and why

One study from the National Cancer Institute estimated that in 2007 in the United States, about 34,000 new cases of cancer in men (4 percent) and 50,500 in women (7 percent) were due to obesity.

Obesity is associated with increased risks of the following cancer types: Esophagus, Pancreas, Colon and rectum, Breast (after menopause), Endometrium (lining of the uterus), Kidney, Thyroid, Gallbladder and possibly others as well.

Top 5 Reasons that Obesity increases your risk of Cancer

1.Fat tissue produces excess amounts of estrogen, high levels of which have been associated with the risk of breast, endometrial, and some other cancers.

2. Obese people often have increased levels of insulin and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) in their blood, which may promote the development of certain tumors.

3. Fat cells produce hormones, called adipokines, that may stimulate or inhibit cell growth. For example, leptin, which is more abundant in obese people, seems to promote cell production, whereas adiponectin, which is less abundant in obese people, may have preventative effects.

4. Fat cells may also have direct and indirect effects on other tumor growth regulators.

5. Obese people often have chronic low-level inflammation, which has been associated with increased cancer risk.

“Obesity may be on the rise, but it’s a preventable circumstance. Various long-term studies show about half or more of cancer instances could be avoided by not smoking, eating enough servings of fruits and vegetables in a low-fat diet and getting physical activity. There’s no question if you do those three things, you can eliminate about 50 percent of your cancer risk” ~Mike Lindhout, executive director of the Northwest Michigan office of the American Cancer Society.

Physical Activity is paramount to preventing cancer!

Physical activity is a critical component of energy balance, the term researchers use to describe how weight, diet, and physical activity influence health. From recent studies we know that 30 minutes of physical activity decreases your risk of cancer anywhere from 20 to 80{72621b9538fb019865e5593fa2330aa749be77b84ac04933c44bc967df4cfcd3} (depending on the type of cancer!)

Effect of Physical Activity on survival after a cancer diagnosis

Physical activity improves cardiac function, strength, reduces weight gain (which is associated with some cancers) and decreases depression, anxiety, and fatigue. All of these beneficial effects can favorably affect survival after a cancer diagnosis.

At the Chuback Medical Group we also offer a medical weight loss program for all our patients. Whether you are trying to lose 100 pounds or those last stubborn 10 pounds we are here to help you be successful. The medical weight loss approach is a physician-directed weight management program based on scientific principles that target the main causes of weight gain, how to lose the weight effectively and how to sustain a healthy weight and lifestyle in the long-term.

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