Obese teens link to liver can­cer

Health: Study re­veals over­weight 17 to 19-year-old men have in­creased risk of dis­ease

The Press and Journal (Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY ELLA PICKOVER

Men who are over­weight in their late teens have a higher risk of de­vel­op­ing liver can­cer in later life, a new study sug­gests.

They are also more likely to de­velop other se­vere liver dis­ease, ac­cord­ing to the re­search pub­lished in the jour­nal Gut.

Ex­perts ex­am­ined data from more than 1.2mil­lion Swedish men en­listed for con­scrip­tion be­tween 1969 and 1996.

The data was then linked with other health reg­is­ters to as­sess whether th­ese men went on to de­velop se­vere liver dis­ease.

The re­searchers then per­formed sta­tis­ti­cal anal­y­sis to as­sess whether hav­ing a high body mass in­dex (BMI) aged 17 to 19 when the men signed up to mil­i­tary ser­vice was linked to an in­creased risk of

Over­all, there were 5,281 cases of se­vere liver dis­ease, in­clud­ing 251 cases of liver can­cer dur­ing the fol­lowup pe­riod, one year af­ter con­scrip­tion un­til De­cem­ber 31, 2012.

The re­searchers, led by Dr Hannes Hagstrom, of dis­ease. the cen­tre for di­ges­tive dis­eases at the Karolin­ska Univer­sity Hospi­tal, Stock­holm, Swe­den, dis­cov­ered that over­weight men were nearly 50% more likely and obese men more than twice as likely to de­velop liver dis­ease in later life than men of nor­mal weight.

Men who de­vel­oped type 2 di­a­betes dur­ing the fol­low-up pe­riod also had a higher risk, re­gard­less of how much they weighed when they signed up to mil­i­tary con­scrip­tion.

“The risk of se­vere liver dis­ease was highly af­fected by a di­ag­no­sis of T2DM (type 2 di­a­betes) dur­ing fol­low-up, across all BMI cat­e­gories,” the au­thors added.

They found that obese men with type 2 di­a­betes were three times more likely to have liver prob­lems when they were older com­pared with non-di­a­betic, nor­mal weight men.

The re­searchers warned that in­creas­ing num­bers of peo­ple who are over­weight or obese could lead to rises in the num­ber of cases of se­vere liver dis­ease in the fu­ture and said in­ter­ven­tions to re­duce obe­sity were re­quired.

“There were 251 cases of liver can­cer”

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