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Researchers who followed nearly 5,900 Danish postmenopausal women for up to 12 years were able to discover that abdominal fat was a bigger factor than body weight when it came to the risk of lung and gastrointestinal cancers.
In other words, excess belly fat increases older women’s risk of some cancers, such as the one’s mentioned above.
According to study author Line Maersk Staunstrup, a doctoral student at Nordic Bioscience ProScion in Denmark.
“The average elderly women can very much use this information, as it is known that the menopause transition initiates a shift in body fat towards the central trunk area. Therefore elderly women should be especially aware of their lifestyle when they approach the pre-menopause age,” she said in a society news release.
Commenting on the study, Dr. Andrea De Censi, director of medical oncology at Galliera Hospital in Genoa, Italy, said “Increases in insulin, resulting from overconsumption of simple carbohydrates such as potatoes, wheat, rice and corn, result in fat accumulation that is specifically visceral and abdominal,”
“These data open the door for clinicians to initiate a number of interventions in
obese patients. In addition to fat loss with diet and exercise , there may be a potential role for a diabetes drug, such as metformin , which can lower insulin effects and contribute to cancer prevention ,” De Censi said.
SOURCE: European Society for Medical Oncology, news release, Sept. 9, 2017