Wide range of cancers now linked to being overweight
Conclusion The results of this study provide further evidence for the link between increasing levels of fat and the risk of developing certain cancers. There was strong evidence for nine cancers, with another two – ovarian cancer and stomach cancer – included when comparing obesity with healthy weight. This study is important in showing the significance of fat levels and obesity in cancer risk. But there are some important things to consider: The study doesn't tell us how excess body fat might play a role in the development of certain cancers, just that there's a link. Some studies might have been missed, as the review relied on other researchers to include all the most recent and relevant studies in their meta-analyses. Other studies were statistically significant but of mixed quality, so it's possible excess fat is linked to other cancers, but the evidence was not quite as strong as for the cancers the study identified. While the findings of this study may be worrying, it's important to focus on the positives. Losing any excess weight should help reduce your risk of developing these types of cancer, as well as other chronic diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Get more advice and weight loss tips. Links To The Headlines Increased risk of 11 types of cancer linked to being overweight, researchers warn. The Guardian, February 28 2017 How being obese can increase the risk of developing 11 types of cancer including breast, stomach and bowel. ...
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