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A new study found a strong link between men who have belly fat and this type of common cancer.
Overweight has long been correlated with conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. But a new study has found surprising links between overweight men and those more likely to develop prostate cancer.
A Canadian study published a Causes and control of cancer the distribution of fat and whether or not it plays a role in the development of cancer was examined.
The researchers collected data from more than 1,900 men from 2005-2012 and collected measurements of waist and hip, height, weight, BMI and other relevant statistics. They found that abdominal fat was related to aggressive prostate cancer. The higher the BMI, the greater the chances of developing prostate cancer.
A closer look at the results revealed that waists 40 inches or more were even more dangerous, related to a high risk of advanced prostate cancer.
One of the most important facts discovered by the research is that general obesity was not related to prostate cancer. The problem is belly fat, which is believed to be the cause of prostate cancer cell proliferation.
“Abdominal obesity causes hormonal and metabolic variations that can promote the growth of hormone-dependent cancer cells,” said one of the study’s authors, Eric Vallières. “Abdominal obesity is thought to be associated with a decrease in testosterone as well as a state of chronic inflammation related to the development of aggressive tumors.”
While the results are worrisome, it’s good to have that knowledge. Studies like this can be used to guide doctors and patients and provide answers in the treatment of complicated diseases, such as cancer. Overweight men can closely monitor prostate cancer, prevent the disease, or treat it early.
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