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Obesity and Cancer – Is there a Link?

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 @ 12:26 PM

Obesity and Cancer – Is there a Link?

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In the recent Obesity journal, investigators outlined some of the ongoing research to find a specific connection between obesity and the increased risk of certain types of cancer.  Although no direct link has been found as yet, the investigators believe that the link may have to do with the increased insulin levels found in obese patients, due to insulin resistance often found.  This may increase the growth of some of the abnormal cells that are found in cancer.  Also, more inflammatory cells are found in obese individuals and these may also lead to the growth and production of some of these cancers.  What we do know, is that individuals with obesity and/or metabolic syndrome have an association with many serious medical conditions and cancer is among them.  Exactly why we see an association with cancer is not known but we are getting closer to finding out the answer.

 

Unfortunately, the jury is still out but the search is ongoing with vigor!

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