Study: Alarming Rise in Cancer due to Diabetes and Obesity

Study: Alarming Rise in Cancer due to Diabetes and Obesity
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Researchers from several worldwide institutions – including the Imperial College London in the UK and the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization (WHO) in France – have discovered that cancers related to metabolic diseases like diabetes and obesity (high body mass index) have an increasingly high occurrence.

Published in the journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, data from 2012 of 175 countries and 12 different types of cancers were assessed.

Results from the study show that diabetes and high BMI combined were responsible for an estimated 792,600 new cases (5.6%) of cancer worldwide. Of this total, 3.9% of cases were attributed to diabetes; almost twice as many cases as were related to a high BMI.  

About 24% of liver cancer and 38% of endometrial cancer cases in this study were attributable to these risk factors.

According to study researchers, “Given the continued rise in the prevalence of these risk factors since 2002, the attributable cancer burden is likely to continue to increase in coming decades. Our results suggest that the increases in diabetes and BMI worldwide could lead to a substantial increase in the cancer burden in future decades.”

What you need to know about Diabetes, by Scientific Director and Pharmacist Jerry Hickey

Diabetes is a vicious and life-threatening disease. It is caused by your blood sugar being continuously and seriously elevated (along with your triglycerides). The excess circulating blood sugar is very destructive, inflaming tissues in the heart and circulation, in the eyes, brain, kidneys and nerve tissue. Diabetes occurs because, for various reasons, your cells become resistant to the effects of the hormone insulin; insulin normally stores sugar in your cells. There are a few things you can speak with your doctor about in order to determine your risk of developing diabetes. Testing your A1C levels is usually the easiest method to measure overall glucose control. This should be measured 2 to 4 times a year. If your blood sugar is found to be between 100 and 125 mg/dL, you have impaired fasting blood glucose and your risk of developing diabetes is increased. If it is about 125 mg/dL, you are considered to have full-blown diabetes and should speak with your doctor regarding treatment immediately.

Studies have shown that a combination of herbs, nutrient and minerals may have the ability to improve blood glucose management. Click here for more information.

What you need to know about Obesity (BMI) and Metabolic Syndrome, by Patricia Pimentel Selassie, ND, CNS

Think of three people close to you right now (including yourself). Statistically, at least one of these three people have Metabolic Syndrome and numbers are growing at an alarming rate. Metabolic Syndrome is the name of a group of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk of Coronary Artery Disease, stroke and diabetes.

You have Metabolic Syndrome if three of the following five risk parameters are true for you, and you should speak with your doctor to confirm –

  1. Your triglycerides are greater than 150 mg/dL

  2. Your HDL (good) cholesterol is low; under 40 mg/dL for men and under 50 mg/dL for women

  3. Your fasting blood sugar is great than 100 mg/dL

  4. Your blood pressure is greater than 130/85

  5. Your waist circumference is greater than 40 inches for men and greater than 35 inches for women.

One of the most effective ways to manage these parameters is through exercise. There are tons of evidence that proves the benefits of exercise has been shown to lower blood pressure, clean up arteries, lower blood sugar and prevent truncal (central) obesity.

Studies have shown that a combination of herbs, nutrient and minerals may have the ability to increase protein and muscle recovery, improve metabolism, and burn fat and cards. Click here for more information.

For more information regarding cancer, your diabetes risk, and metabolic syndrome, speak with your primary physician or a certified nutritionist on how you can get started.


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