Excess abdominal fat to trigger cancer in women

Recent research reveals that women with an excess of abdominal fat are likely to develop lung and bowel cancer. The study states that extra tummy fat stimulates increased insulin production, disrupting the corporal hormonal balance. Also, it triggers chronic inflammation and both conditions promote cancer or tumor production.

Women, especially after menopause, experience a shift of body fat towards their abdomen. This higher level of abdominal adiposity mediates obesity-related cancer risk. The study involved around 5,855 postmenopausal women with an average age of 71. They had their body fat scanned and were classified as having high or low abdominal fat ratios. Further, they had additional scans over a 12-year period. Their cancer status was determined by assessing their medical records.

The results of the analysis were presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology. The findings of the study showed that women, carrying excess fat around their abdomens, were at greater risks of developing cancer. They had more than 50 percent chance of having lung or gastrointestinal cancers, affecting the bowel. On the other hand, body mass index and fat percentage, however; were not linked to a heightened tumor risk.

As per the expert, an increased insulin level causes more and more visceral and abdominal fat accumulation. Thus, in addition to fat loss with diet and exercise, an anti-diabetic drug may also be opted as a potent solution to the problem. Diabetes drug such as metformin lowers insulin effects thus it may contribute to the prevention of cancer.

How to lose tummy fat?

The researchers strictly advise elderly women to be aware of their lifestyle when they approach the pre-menopause age. This is because obesity isn’t related to cancer only. It brings with it several health hazard conditions as well. Thus, in order to prevent the danger of such diseases, one must reduce corporal fat content as much as possible.

Health care experts generally don’t recommend medicines for such purpose as they may bring various side effects. Therefore, people must look for some natural ways to lose weight. Following are some natural hacks to lose excess of fat especially the one bagging your waist.

As per experts, de-stressing is the first and foremost rule to beat abdominal fat. Stress hormones reportedly cause fat accumulation thus de-stressing can help to prevent weight gain. Experts suggest that yoga practices and mindful exercises can help people to relieve their stress.

Secondly, a high sugar diet causes belly fat to stick fast even if an individual is restricting calories. Thus, people, intending to lose weight, must manage their sugar intake strictly.

A healthy weight-loss diet comprises of lean meats, vegetables, and monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats such as those found in nuts and avocados. People on a weight loss mission must include greater servings of such foods in their meals.

Inadequate sleep also triggers weight gain as it negatively affects cortisol balance. So healthy sleep schedules can help to lose weight as well.

Weight loss is all about commitment and dedication. There is no short cut to it. Medicines, surgeries, crash diets bring numerous side effects and thus are not a good option to lose weight. A healthy exercise routine with healthful eating and sleeping patterns bring desired results with no side effects.


Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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