“While there have been several advances in treating cancer and improving the quality of life of patients, the number of new cases continues to surge,” said Jamie Bernard, lead author and an assistant professor in pharmacology and toxicology.
“It’s important to understand the cause so we can do a better job at reducing the number of cancer cases using dietary modifications or therapeutic interventions.”
“Our study suggests that body mass index, or BMI, may not be the best indicator,” Bernard said. “It’s abdominal obesity, and even more specifically, levels of a protein called fibroblast growth factor-2 that may be a better indicator of the risk of cells becoming cancerous.”
Studies like this one I believe is aimed at helping you make smart choices and if you are one of those big belly persons out there then this is your cue to make healthy choices and chances.
“There’s always an element of chance in whether a person will get cancer or not,” Bernard said. “But by making smarter choices when it comes to diet and exercise and avoiding harmful habits like smoking, people can always help skew the odds in their favor.”
D Chakraborty, V Benham, B Bullard, T Kearney, H C Hsia, D Gibbon, E Y Demireva, S Y Lunt, J J Bernard. Fibroblast growth factor receptor is a mechanistic link between visceral adiposity and cancer. Oncogene , 2017; DOI:10.1038/onc.2017.278
Michigan State University. “This is how belly fat could increase your cancer risk.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 24 August 2017. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170824101756.htm>.