Large Bowel Cancer Risk Increases With Rising Waist Circumference

Posted: Oct 28 2015, 10:00pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Large Bowel Cancer Risk Increases with Rising Waist Circumference
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  • Risk of Colorectal Cancer increases with each 1 cm rise in Waist Circumference

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It has been found that the risk of colorectal cancer increases with rising waist circumference.

At the UEG Week 2015, several seminal works were discussed. Somewhere in the mix was something the experts paid special attention to. This was the conviction that a higher BMI leads to greater risk of contracting large bowel cancer. There is in fact an 18% rise in the incidence of large bowel cancer per considerable increase in BMI. Especially in males, the epidemiology of bowel cancer finds roots when middle age spread increases. This is as usual the spare tire syndrome that men who are over the hill are known for.

"In addition, in men, there is now evidence that increasing waist circumference in middle age is associated with increased bowel cancer risk", says Prof. Mathers. CRC risk was increased by nearly 60% in men who gained at least 10 cm in waist circumference over 10 years. "This increased cancer risk may be due to persistent inflammation in people with obesity".

Those gentlemen whose girths increased by 10 cm per decade saw the largest increases in large bowel cancer (nearly a 60% chance). Part of the reason may be due to inflammation which in itself is a sign of obesity.

Furthermore, patients who have Lynch Syndrome are also prone to the disease due to a defective gene somewhere in their DNA. In individuals with Lynch Syndrome, not only does the epidemiology of large bowel cancer increase with middle age spread but if the patients are obese enough, chances could even be double the normal rate.

The chances of large bowel cancer was in fact twice as great in patients with Lynch Syndrome as the rest of the population. Finally, we have a clear picture of the situation at hand. A good diet, regular exercise and sufficient rest that energizes are the only solution to this issue.

Only via a radically transformed lifestyle where the patients improve their dietary habits and take part in a vigorous exercise regimen can the risks be minimized. The same situation when left to itself can cause ruin. The same situation when cultivated under care and supervision can end in betterment.

Prof. Mathers said "There is now compelling evidence that improved lifestyle, particularly better dietary choices and being more physically active, can help to prevent obesity and this will lower bowel cancer risk".

For those who are morbidly obese, the results have not been forthcoming. More research needs to be done to find out what the statistics are in their case. Furthermore, intake of aspirin also helps in this regard.

This may be entirely due to the fact that it works against inflammation in the human body. Yet something that can be said with dead certainty is that the weight loss journey is the ideal method of reducing the risk of contracting large bowel cancer.

The reduction in inflammation that occurs over time with fat loss and lowered weight is what decimates the chances of catching the dreaded cancer. Finally, senescence, being overweight and having a poor diet may also be risk factors in the incidence of the disease.

"This is a very intriguing finding" said Prof Mathers "which suggests that dietary and other anti-inflammatory agents might be beneficial in reducing CRC risk in people with obesity".

"Bowel cancer is strongly associated with age, obesity and diet - and is driven by inflammation", explains Prof. Mathers. "We can now give the public clear advice on the benefits of staying physically active, eating a healthy diet and avoiding weight gain to lower CRC risk as we get older".

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