How obesity among adults is leading them towards obesity-related cancer?

Obesity in adults can cause many problems, but did you know gaining weight can make you more prone to obesity-related cancer than average or healthy weight?

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Gaining weight isn’t a huge problem, but only when under control. One overweight adult may not get Cancer due to obesity, but it does increase their chances of getting it.  A person should maintain a healthy average weight because of its benefits. Some of them are:

  • More energy
  • Less risk of diseases
  • Less prone to heart diseases
  • Healthy joints and knees

How does obesity lead to obesity-related cancer?

The extra fat stored in a person’s body comprises active cells. These cells send signals to the human body. But unfortunately, these signals can also tell the body to indulge more in cell division, which can cause Cancer.

Different types of signals sent by the fat cells can influence:

Growth Hormones: increased body fat can increase the level of growth hormones in the body. This increment can cause the cells to divide more, leading to the development of cancerous cells.

Inflammation: the immunity cells reach the body’s fat cells quickly, causing inflammation. The inflammation leads to the body not responding correctly to insulin. The inflammation leads to cells dividing more rapidly and can develop cancerous cells over time.

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Breast cancer accounts 14% of all types of cancer among Indian Women

Sex hormones: After menopause, the fat cells develop estrogen in the body. Estrogen is necessary for a body to function correctly. Estrogen can make the breast and womb cells divide more often, increasing cancer risk.

The Process of developing obesity-related Cancer:

The fat cells boost the inflammation leading to extra hormones and growth factors.

Hormones, growth factors, and inflammation cause cell division more frequently.

The increased cell division increases the chances of making cancer cells. These cancerous cells continue the division leading to a tumour.

Research to prove the connection between Cancer and body fat.

The research to find a link between Cancer and obesity has been ongoing for decades. After years of study experiments involving many people, it can be said that being overweight can cause Cancer. However, the process can also be explained by an adequate explanation.

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When does body starts giving you signals?

13 Types of Cancer caused by obesity and overweight;

  • Breast cancer and Bowel cancer (most common cancers)
  • Pancreatic cancer, esophageal cancer and gallbladder cancer (hardest to treat)
  • Womb cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Upper stomach
  • Myeloma (a blood cancer)
  • Thyroid

How can a person decrease the risk of obesity-related cancer?

To reduce the risk of Cancer, one must maintain a healthy weight. Steps to prevent overweight:

Choosing a healthier lifestyle: one must consume healthy foods such as whole grains, good protein sources such as chicken and meat, vegetables and natural juices.

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A balanced diet is pretty much the need of the hour

Confining unhealthy foods: a person should consume refined grains, sweets, potatoes, red meat, processed meats and sugary beverages to a specific limit.

Increase physical activity: To lose weight, a person should walk at least 6000 steps daily. Daily steps help in both maintaining physical and mental health.

Lesser Screen Time: Limit television time and screen time up to the maximum extent.

Improving sleep: a person should get at least 6-8 hours daily sleep.

Limiting alcohol consumption: Alcohol comprises a high amount of sugar. Other than high levels of sugar, alcohol can cause many health problems. A person should limit their alcohol intake.

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