High weight gain linked to can­cer

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE DID YOU -

÷ Avoid­ing obe­sity, as well as main­tain­ing a sta­ble weight in mid­dle adult­hood, could help pre­vent cer­tain can­cers in women. ÷ Re­search pre­sented at this year’s Euro­pean Con­fer­ence on Obe­sity found women with a high weight gain — an in­crease of 10kg or more across six years — were near twice as likely to de­velop pan­cre­atic can­cer. ÷ Obe­sity and weight gain are well-known to in­de­pen­dently in­crease theriskof sev­eral can­cers, of­ten re­ferred to as “obe­sity-re­lated” can­cers. ÷ Pre­vi­ous stud­ies have shown that it’s not just hav­ing a high body mass in­dex (BMI) that con­trib­utes to­wards an el­e­vated can­cer risk, but that a large gain in weight, ir­re­spec­tive of start­ing BMI is a con­trib­u­tory fac­tor to the risk of cer­tain can­cers. ÷ How­ever, there are few pub­lished stud­ies in na­tion­ally rep­re­sen­ta­tive pop­u­la­tions of women on spe­cific, obe­sity-re­lated can­cers, such as pan­cre­atic and kid­ney can­cer, in re­la­tion to prior weight change. The sam­ple group con­sisted of 137,205 women.

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