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The Biggest TRIGGER of Colorectal Cancer – A 60% Increase for Men!

By on November 5, 2015
Having a larger waistline isn’t good for your health–and now new research shows another reason why it pays to stay slim.

According to research presented at the 23rd United European Gastroenterology Week conference in Barcelona, Spain, men whose waist circumference increased by at least 10 cm faced a nearly 60 percent higher risk of bowel cancer, regardless of other health factors. In addition, they found that just a 1 cm waist circumference increase heightened the risk of bowel cancer, something attributed to obesity’s effect on inflammation.

For researcher John Mathers, this study provides even more evidence that obesity just isn’t good news.

“Bowel cancer is strongly associated with age, obesity and diet–and is driven by inflammation,” says Mathers, Professor of Human Nutrition at the Institute of Cellular Medicine at Newcastle University. “In addition, in men, there is now evidence that increasing waist circumference in middle age is associated with increased bowel cancer risk. This increased cancer risk may be due to persistent inflammation in people with obesity.”

Performing a meta-analysis, where several similar studies are compared and reviewed, researchers looked at men whose weights and waists had increased over a 10 year time span, examining their risk of bowel cancer as well. Obesity is known to increase inflammation in the body, a significant risk factor for bowel cancer.

After review, researchers found that it did significantly increase their risk. A 10 cm increase in waist circumference, for instance, raised their risk for bowel cancer by 60 percent, whereas just a 5 unit increase in their body mass index, or BMI, increased it by 18 percent. Both findings reveal a strong association between weight gain and bowel cancer, making it a primary concern for researchers.

Research also found that people who stayed physically active, however–as well as maintained their weight over a 10 year time period–were less likely to develop this disease, something which Mathers now recommends.

“There is now compelling evidence that improved lifestyle, particularly better dietary choices and being more physically active, can help to prevent obesity and this will lower bowel cancer risk,” says Mathers. “We can now give the public clear advice on the benefits of staying physically active, eating a healthy diet and avoiding weight gain to lower CRC [colorectal cancer] risk as we get older.”

So what should you do to lower your colorectal cancer risk?

  • Exercise regularly. Those who exercised for at least 30 minutes per day on a regular basis were less likely to develop this disease, as it helps regulate a person’s weight.
  • Keep inflammation under control. Obesity is a primary cause of inflammation, as well as high blood pressure. Both issues can be alleviated by eating a healthy, calorie-controlled diet.
  • Eat more fiber. Increasing your fiber intake by just 10 grams is shown to decrease your bowel cancer risk (and also doubles as a good way to control your appetite).

While following all of these tips aren’t guaranteed to eliminate your cancer risk, they can make a big difference, say researchers.

Readers: How do you make sure you’re following a healthy lifestyle?

Sources:
Increased Risk of Large Bowel Cancer For Each 1 cm Rise in Waist CircumferenceScienceDaily.com
Press Release: Increased Risk of Bowel Cancer For Each 1 cm Rise in Waist Circumference – UEG.eu

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