I’m sure you’ve heard the news; eat more fat – it’s good for your hair, your skin, your waistline – and your brain! And that’s all true. However, it’s also true that eating fat can make you fat and obesity has now been shown to have a direct link to developing cancer; not to mention diabetes and heart disease – as we already knew. So, what now?
Obesity is a huge risk factor for disease
The Journal of the American Medical Association tells us that 38% of adults in the United States are obese and almost 8% are extremely obese. As the numbers of obese people rise dramatically worldwide it has become critical to identify the mechanisms that connect obesity and cancer. A recent literature review presented in Cancer Prevention Research analyzes data dating back to 1946 and has shed some much needed light on the different ways fat controls the onset and progression of cancer.
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Inflammation has long been associated with cancer and obesity directly increases your body’s levels of inflammation. Fat also affects your immune response and how your body is able to fight off disease. Obesity also affects how cancer grows and spreads in the body.
Different types of fat
Cells ‘talk’ to each other in order to keep the body running smoothly. Different types of fats (white, beige, and brown) are located in different regions of the body and they facilitate cancer cell growth in different ways depending on how close they are to cancerous cells. Understanding this cell communication and how different types of fat cells converse with diseased cells can better identify obesity-related cancer treatment strategies.
Choose to live better!
Lets save treatment strategies for emergencies. You can take steps to significantly reduce your risk of contracting obesity-related cancers including, but not limited to, colorectal, esophageal, gall bladder, liver, multiple myeloma, and postmenopausal breast cancers. For starters:
– Maintain a healthy body weight
Slender people may have fats surrounding their internal organs that hides a high risk, I’ll talk more about this type of fat at a later date.
– Exercise and strength train to build lean muscle mass to fight fat deposition
– Eat fats that help, not harm, your body;
– Choose, in appropriate serving sizes, avocado, brazil nuts, coconut, macadamia nuts, olives, pecans, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds.
– Grossly limit or eliminate butter, cheese, lard, and margarine.
I can’t stress enough how exercising and making smart food choices will change your life for the better! Your heart will thank you.
Dr. James Kneller treats atrial fibrillation, arrhythmia, and other heart conditions. He is an internationally recognized authority on cardiovascular health and personal development.
Flegal, K.M., Kruszon-Moran, D., Carroll, M.D., Fryar, C.D., & Ogden, C.L. (2016). Trends in obesity among adults in the United States, 2005 to 2014. The Journal of the American Medical Association. 315(21), pp. 2284–2291.
Himbert, C., Delphan, M., Scherer, D., Bowers, L.W., Hursting, S., & Ulrich, C.M. (2017). Signals from the Adipose Microenvironment and the Obesity-Cancer Link-A Systematic Review. Cancer Prevention Research (Phila). 10(9), pp. 494-506. Review.
Roden, M., Price, T.B., Perseghin, G., Petersen, K.F., Rothman, D.L., Cline, G.W., & Shulman, G.I. Mechanism of free fatty acid-induced insulin resistance in humans. (1996) Journal of Clinical Investigation. 97(12), pp. 2859-2865. /p>