One More Reason To Lose Those Extra Pounds: Cut Your Cancer Risk

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One More Reason To Lose Those Extra Pounds: Cut Your Cancer Risk

Many common cancers are seen more frequently in overweight and obese adults. A recent study identified which states carry this increased burden.

Nobody ever said it would be easy to lose those extra pounds. But at the start of each year, millions of Americans make resolutions to stick to the latest sure-thing diet, exercise regime, and overall health maintenance re-boot. Some folks go to extremes, with juice cleanses, detoxes, supplements, or fasting, none of which have been shown to have any long term benefits, and many even carry some serious risks. Whether it’s a diet change or a crash and burn extreme regimen, sadly, most individuals may lose the weight temporarily, only to lose the stamina of maintaining those new year healthy habits before the first of February hits.

But new evidence shows yet another reason to make more of an effort to keep the weight off. A recent study published in JAMA Oncology looked at the already well-known issue of excess body weight (EBW) as an increased risk factor for particular cancers in each of the individual U.S. states, between 2011 and 2015. Over one in three Americans are overweight or obese, which is defined as having a BMI (body mass index, which is calculated as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared) of over 25. A BMI of 25-29.9 indicates that an individual is overweight; a BMI of greater than 30 indicates obesity.

The study obtained its data from self-reported BMI values from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and the US Cancer Statisticsdatabase. It then calculated relative risks of several  specific cancers, state by state, based on high BMI individuals. Cancers known to be associated with higher likelihood patients with higher BMI include: colorectum, esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, breast (female), uterus, ovary, kidney, thyroid, and multiple myeloma.

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