Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a very personal thing to me. It has taken the life of my father and two uncles.
That’s why I make a point to get regular colonoscopies. (And I encourage anyone with a family history to do the same.)
Luckily for me, my reports come out clean every three years. But… maybe luck has nothing to do with it.
In fact, there’s one striking difference between me and my family.
And now, new research shows it could be a MAJOR contributor to my added protection against this dreaded disease…
Excess weight heightens risk
Almost my entire family is overweight. I no longer am.
And according to a new study published in JAMA Oncology, being overweight or obese can increase one’s risk of colorectal cancer.
Researchers analyzed the height and weight of just over 5,600 participants with CRC, at an average age of 68. Additionally, 4,515 people served as healthy controls.
Body mass index (BMI) was calculated among each participant every 10 years, starting at age 20. The goal was to examine the cumulative effect of extra weight on CRC risk.
Ultimately, they found one’s risk of CRC increased substantially the longer they were overweight or obese.
In fact, for every year spent overweight, CRC risk increased by a whopping 55 percent!
Worse yet, excess weight can likely be attributed to a heightened risk of other chronic diseases.
Public health priority
When will the risks of being overweight or obese be taken seriously? Is there not enough evidence yet to make prevention a public health priority?!
Case in point: CRC is on the rise in younger populations, too.
In fact, recent research shows a rise in six different obesity-related cancer diagnoses among young Americans between the ages of 25 and 49 over the last two decades.
Not to mention, that increase in cancer rates among this young demographic actually OUTPACED those among older adults (ages 50 and older) in the same timeframe. That includes colon cancer!
Of course, this research proves what you and I both already know… that losing weight is the ONE THING that can make us ALL healthier.
Yet, America continues to “size up.” Bigger clothes, bigger theater seats, bigger wheelchairs… you name it.
So for the millionth time, please, STOP eating to poor health.
Instead, choose fresh foods, move your body daily—and you’ll watch your disease risk (and waistline) start melting away.
It’s not always easy, or cheap, but I can promise that it’s worth it.
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Until next time,
P.S. Tune back in tomorrow, where I’ll discuss how diet (and overall lifestyle) can influence all stages of the carcinogenesis process—from initiation to progression.
“Excess weight over lifetime hikes risk for colorectal cancer.” MDedge, 04/21/2022. (mdedge.com/gihepnews/article/253930/gi-oncology/excess-weight-over-lifetime-hikes-risk-colorectal-cancer)