Shocking New Study: Obesity Now Causes More Cases Of Certain Cancers Than Smoking Does
Obesity poses many serious risks to your long-term health. One of them is the risk of getting cancer.
Research shows that obese people contract cancer at an even higher rate than smokers. The cancers most closely linked to obesity are cancers of the liver, bowel, breast, pancreas, gallbladder, colon, and kidney.
According to the National Cancer Institute, 34,000 Americans got cancer as a result of obesity in 2007. It is estimated that over the 20 next years, obesity could cause 670,000 additional cancer cases.
The USA has the highest number of cancer cases associated with being overweight or obese.
It sounds pretty dire, but don’t get too discouraged. Losing weight is something you can achieve, and the risks associated with obesity can serve as a motivator for you to get closer to your goal.
How Are Obesity & Cancer Connected?
Here are some of the ways obesity has been linked to cancer:
1) Obesity is associated with increased levels of insulin and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1, which is a hormone similar to insulin) in the blood. This could cause certain tumors to spread.
Another possible explanation for this is that cancer cells need lots of glucose to survive, and obese people generally have high glucose levels.TRENDING: Science Reveals Easy, No-Workout Ways to Lose Weight… While You Snooze!
2) Another way in which obesity promotes tumor growth is that it contributes to the destruction of immunological cells such as Helper T cells, which help defend your immune system.
3) Fat tissue elevates your estrogen levels, and an excess in estrogen has been linked to certain cancers. These include breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and cervical cancer.
Higher estrogen levels lead to the production of more cells, and the abundance of new cells can lead to tumors.
4) Obesity causes chronic inflammation, which in turn, is linked to cancer. It is thought that one in five cancers are linked to inflammation.
Often, inflammation causes diseases that then cause cancer. It also can damage your DNA.TRENDING: Women Who Eat These 3 Cheeses Are Losing Pounds of Stubborn Belly Fat (Research Proven)
Lastly, inflammation causes the pancreas to produce more insulin, which increases your risk of getting cancer.
5) Obesity can lead to certain diseases that are linked to cancer. For example, being obese increases your likelihood of getting gallstones, and having gallstones increases your likelihood of getting gallbladder cancer.
Will Losing Weight Lower Your Risk Of Cancer?
According to the evidence we have, the answer seems to be yes—especially for women. One study found that obese women who had bariatric surgery were able to reduce their risk of cancer by a whopping 45%.
The fact that the effects are more observable among women could point to the fact that losing weight causes estrogen levels to drop rather quickly. This makes it easier to isolate the factor of weight loss.
Studies involving rodents have shown that dietary restrictions and weight loss were linked to a reduced risk of cancers of the mammary gland, colon, liver, pancreas, skin, and pituitary gland.
Will Losing Weight Increase Your Risk Of Surviving Cancer?
The answer to this question also seems to be yes. People at healthier weights have better chances of surviving cancer and are more likely not to contract severe forms of cancer.BRAND-NEW: 5 “Living Nutrients” That Can Trigger Rapid Fat Loss!
Obese people with multiple myeloma, for example, are 50% more likely to die from the disease. Obese people who survive cancer are also more likely to get cancer again in the future.
How To Lose Weight & Lower Your Cancer Risk
Obesity can have serious consequences for your health, but don’t lose hope. Here are some tips to help you lose weight.
1) Walk more.
Walking briskly is a great form of exercise that doesn’t require a massive amount of effort. A 150-lb. person can lose 300 calories in one hour of walking briskly.
You can get started by walking to work instead of driving, or simply going for a walk every evening after dinner.
2) Don’t eat processed meat, and limit your consumption of red meat.
Consuming processed meat and red meat is associated with weight gain and an increased risk of cancer and heart disease. When you eat meat, make sure you’re getting the highest quality meat available.
3) Drink water before every meal.
This is a very easy thing you can do to lose weight. One study showed that drinking water can boost your metabolism by 24-30% over 1-1.5 hours.
4) Follow the Mediterranean diet.
The Mediterranean diet is considered the healthiest diet you can follow and has been shown to lead to weight loss.SPECIAL: This Scientific Trick Can Reduce Your Belly Fat By 8.5% in Just 12 Weeks…
5) Keep a food diary.
Enter everything you eat into a journal.
At the end of the day, you might be surprised by how much you ended up eating. Having a record of what you ate can help you make tweaks to your diet and be more healthy.
6) Use smaller plates.
If you have smaller plates, you will end up eating less. This effect has been observed in overweight people and can lead to weight loss.
How One “Unconventional” Doctor Has Been Helping Hundreds Of People Overcome Obesity, Lose Weight & Lead Healthy And Happy Lives…
I don’t know if you’ve seen this story floating around the news yet or not…
Instead of taking an exercise-based approach to weight loss (which can often be dangerous for people who aren’t used to working out)…
Or a diet-based approach (which is doomed to fail from the start for most of us)…
Because as you may or may not know, obese people generally have VERY imbalanced guts…
Which can cause all sorts of unhealthy cravings, bloating, and digestive issues (and weight gain, obviously).
And his technique that’s helped hundreds of people who “couldn’t lose weight” lead happier, healthier lives: