The new year has only just begun and you're already giving up on your number one resolution - to lose weight. Some blame it on the temptation of their favourite comfort foods, while others say it's because they simply can't find time every day to exercise.
Whatever your excuse is, I'll say one thing: You should seriously reconsider taking your goal to lose weight seriously. Not only for your physical appearance, but also because that extra weight you're carrying is putting you at increased risk of cancer!
Don't believe me? Statistics shows that one in every 20 cancer patients is suffering from the chronic disease due to obesity. What's more, one study that used NCI Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) data found that in 2007, roughly 7% of women and 4% of men in the USA suffered from cancer due to obesity.
Needless to say, it's time you make the decision to get your weight down to a healthy number before it's too late! Read on for some top tips on how to fight obesity and slash your cancer risk, as suggested by California-based medical oncologist, Dr Thehang Luu.
Four main ways in which obesity contributes to cancer risk
Let’s first take a look at how obesity
can lead to cancer
#1: Fat tissue produces excess amounts of oestrogen
tissue overproduces oestrogen, and an overproduction of this hormone is tied to increased risk of breast, endometrial and a couple of other cancers.
#2: Fat cells affect tumour growth regulators
Research has found that fat
cells affect tumour
growth regulators such as mammalian target of rapamycin (or mTOR) and AMP-activated protein kinase.
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Here’s the plain truth. Diets alone don’t work.
How many diets have you been on, weight loss pills you’ve consumed, injections you’ve had to endure? You might have lost some weight but it’s probably all back on again…
The truth is that there is no magic solution to make the weight drop off.
The secret to successful weight loss isn’t starving yourself nor is it limiting your food choices or following a painful pattern of eating.
#3: Most obese people have subacute inflammation
Experts say that most obese people have either subacute or chronic low-level inflammation – both hallmarks for chronic diseases such as cancer.
#4: Increased insulin levels speed up tumour growth
Obese people are also likely to have increased insulin levels, experts say. Some may also have insulin-like growth factor-1 in their bloodstream, known as hyperinsulinaemia – a condition linked to the growth of tumours.
The best ways to reduce your weight and prevent getting cancer
While prevention is always better than cure, if you’re already obese I’m sure you’re wondering what you can do to reduce your weight and, in turn, cut your risk of cancer.
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The real key to healing cancer is to wipe out the stealth disease lurking behind it...
I admit I was downright shocked when I found out that cancer
isn't actually what kills most cancer
patients! And I've been a doctor for well over 20 years - so not much surprises me anymore.
Even more astounding - this monumental discovery goes back to the 1970s when former US Air Force Dr Joseph Gold uncovered the REAL killer, a condition that no one in the medical field was even talking about!
That's right - the real culprit behind 3 out of every 4 cancer
deaths isn't cancer
at all. No! It's a syndrome you've probably never even heard of - called cachexia (pronounced "ka-kek-see-ah").
First off, according to studies, by reducing your body mass index (BMI) by just 1% (equivalent to about 1 kg) you can significantly reduce your risk of cancer. One study went as far as to say that if everyone had to reduce their BMI by 1%, it could prevent approximately 100,000 new cancer cases!
Other ways you can get your weight down include following a natural diet abundant in whole foods, eating smaller portions and staying fit by exercising regularly. Drinking lots of water will also help you tone up and slim down.
So if you’ve already given up on your weight loss
goals for 2017, it’s time to start over! Not only will you look and feel fantastic, you’ll also reduce your chances of cancer. Good luck!