How Does Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome Affect Cancer

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Our risk of cancer is increasing significantly but it is reassuring to know that certain lifestyle changes can reduce our risk.

According to the World Cancer Research Fund, the number of global cancers has increased by 120% over the past decade to around 12 million new cases a year. Our basic genes have not changed so it must therefore be the expression of these genes that has changed. Numerous lifestyle factors have now been identified that influence this negative expression of our genes and obesity is high on the list.

Think of the internal environment of your body as being like a garden bed. Things will die, struggle or flourish in your garden, according to how you treat your garden. Fill your garden full of poisons, fail to provide your plants with the nutrients they need or fail to water the garden and problems will occur. The good plants that you wish to grow may shrivel up and die allowing the weeds to take hold.

Our body is the same as a garden, requiring good nourishment, removal of toxins, regular maintenance and protection from the damaging environment. Our malignant cells will only flourish in an unhealthy internal garden.

Obesity has been found to contribute to cancer deaths in around 30% of cases. Not only is the prevalent greater in people with obesity, but there is also an increased risk of mortality especially if there is also metabolic syndrome (See How to Stop Metabolic Syndrome Naturally) or diabetes. This can be due to the problems that obesity creates including:

  • High levels of insulin
  • Increased oxidative stress and free radical damage
  • Increased levels of oestrogen in both men and women

High levels of insulin and blood sugar results in higher levels of free insulin-like growth factor and thus the promotion of ;

  • Poor control of the normal cell cycle
  • Decreased natural cell death (apoptosis)
  • Promotion of cancer progression, tumour growth, malignancy and metastasis

If you are overweight you are probably asking “is there any good news here?”. And my answer to that would have to be “yes” and “no”. Yes, because research tells us that by changing our diet and lifestyle we can support healthy weight loss plus control blood sugar and insulin levels. By doing this we are not only promoting longevity in those that already have cancer, but are also decreasing the risk of getting cancer. So in terms of cancer development a healthy diet is definitely preventative medicine.

Cancer cells thrive on glucose or sugar. So a healthy diet must be one with an adequate mix of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Keep carbohydrates to 40% of the diet, protein 30% and good fats to around 30%b- with every meal. For more information on controlling obesity, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance and diabetes, click on the link.

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