As we discussed earlier this week, excess weight can wreak havoc on your health.
That includes lessening the ability of certain antibodies to fight viruses… and increasing your risk of heart attack, stroke, and more.
Now, studies are suggesting obesity could be the most dangerous risk factor for receiving one of the most feared diagnoses…
A strong connection
The diagnosis? Cancer.
We have discussed the relationship between cancer and obesity pretty much in passing. But the connection is strong… making research into the subject absolutely critical.
In a new study, researchers compared the influence of weight on metabolically unhealthy versus metabolically healthy individuals—and cancer risk.
They drew data from nearly 800,000 European individuals (in Norway, Sweden, and Austria). Then, a metabolic score was used to provide a measure of healthy or unhealthy metabolic status.
Metabolically unhealthy was defined as having a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30, a larger waist circumference, low HDL (“good”) cholesterol, high triglycerides, and higher fasting blood sugar. (I also refer to this as metabolic syndrome or “syndrome X.”)
And, well, the results are terrifying.
Researchers found that metabolically unhealthy obesity is associated with a nearly 1.5-fold higher risk of ANY obesity-related cancer. In fact, for women, that risk rose to 43 percent. For men, it skyrocketed to 91 percent!
Plus, these individuals experienced a two- to three-fold higher risk for specific cancers.
More specifically, researchers saw a 143 percent increased risk for renal cancer and a 200 percent higher risk for endometrial cancer.
And obese individuals otherwise classified as “metabolically healthy” didn’t get off easy… their risk for obesity-related cancer was still heightened compared to normal-weight, metabolically healthy peers.
Women saw a 136 percent higher risk of endometrial cancer—and men saw their renal cancer risk more than double. Not only that, but colon cancer increased by 85 percent and rectal or pancreatic cancer rose by 32 percent.
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Do you know what these results mean?
That a significant number of cancer cases are entirely preventable.
I mean, I think it’s pretty clear that we’re EATING ourselves into cancer, just as we are type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and more. (The list is pretty endless.)
Why we choose to ignore this fact—and refuse to classify obesity as a public health emergency—is beyond me.
I’m not saying that foods that contribute to obesity should be banned. But at the very least, they should come with a warning label so people know, without a doubt, the potential health dangers associated with what they’re consuming.
Because I don’t know about you, but these numbers shocked me. If I weren’t already metabolically healthy, these numbers would certainly make me think twice the next time I was planning my meal (or snack).
For a comprehensive plan to help turn your metabolic health around, check out my Metabolic Repair Protocol.
And if you or a loved one are suffering with a cancer diagnosis, I encourage you to check out my Essential Cancer Protocol for simple, science-based strategies to help stop it in its tracks.
“Even metabolically healthy people with obesity face increased risk of cancer.” MedicalNewsToday, 05/17/2023. (medicalnewstoday.com/articles/even-metabolically-healthy-people-with-obesity-face-increased-risk-of-cancer)