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Abdominal Fat Puts One at Risk of Cancer

Many people must feel frustrated about their abdominal fat. Sitting with abdominal skin fold closely layer by layer, anyone must feel upset. However, those who determine to lose weight with great passion eventually give up after several days of practice. With a little humor, some even say that they would persist in weight lose project successfully if they were threatened by someone holding knives on their necks.

There is a defection of body mass index (DMI)

Generally, body mass index (DMI) has been a benchmark measuring whether a person is overweight or not. The BMI is defined as the weight divided by the square of the body height and is universally expressed in units of kg/m2. There is a defection in MBI because it doesn’t measure how much fat there is actually in one’s body. There is no doubt that an obviously fat person will have BMI above the normal level. However, a person who shows no signs of fat in any other parts of the body except a fatty abdomen may be in a normal level of BMI. In fact, abdominal fat is closely associated with a higher risk of cancer.

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The fatter the abdomen is, the higher the risk of cancer is.

A study investigating more than 2500 people for 13 years shows in 2013 that the fatty tissues attached to the surface of internal organs are positively associated with the risk of all cancers that happen to a woman and the risk of fat-related cancers that happen to a man. Some types of fat like subcutaneous fat and thigh muscles fat are weakly associated with the risk of cancer.

Increasing studies show that the accumulation of fatty tissues in internal organs, shown as a wide waist or a high ratio of waist to hip, is positively associated with colon cancer and breast cancer. For example, compared with the woman whose waist is less than 81.3 cm or the man whose waist is less than 83,8 cm, the woman whose waist is over 99.1 cm or the man whose waist is over 101.6 cm suffers twice the risk of colon cancer. The risk of colon cancer increases as the size in waist increases.

Why will abdominal fat increase the risk of cancer?

A study conducted in 2012 by Jamie Bernard, Doctor at Michigan State University, and his team found that the resection of fat tissues over internal organ from the mouse who is fed with high-fat diet can inhibit 75-80% of epithelial cell mutation resulted from ultraviolet. Combined with research on epidemiology, Doctor Bernard concluded that fat tissues over internal organ play an important role in cancerous cell development.

Recently, their study found that the accumulated fat over abdomen releases the protein FGF2, one family member of Fibroblast Growth Factor, with the function of promoting epithelial cancerous cell development.

The previous study found that those who suffer pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer have a high level of FGF2. It has been kept unexplainable for many years until Doctor Bernard presents his findings on this issue.


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