For decades the leading cause of death for men and women in the US has been cardiovascular disease.
Things are changing. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control reports that in 22 states the main cause of death is now cancer. Some population groups such as Asian-Americans and Latinos already have higher cancer deaths than cardiovascular fatalities.
A recent examination of data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) stated that the longer a woman was overweight or obese and the more weight she carried the higher her risk of certain cancers.
Since obesity and overweight in American adults is still increasing it should not be surprising that cancer deaths will continue to rise. Because of the high cost of cancer treatments this will put an unsustainable strain on our healthcare system. Our only hope of heading this off is prevention: Lose that excessive weight or avoid gaining too much by taking responsibility for your health.
Why is This Happening?
We know that obesity is associated with diabetes and people with diabetes also have higher cancer rates.
Two mechanisms are often discussed. One is that excess body fat, especially visceral (belly) fat, secrete a number of inflammatory chemicals that damage the body. Inflammation is believed to play a role in cancer. The second is that high insulin levels, common in pre-diabetes and diabetes, stimulate abnormal cell growth while high blood sugar levels damage cells.
Many people quit smoking to avoid cancer yet we seem to be either unaware of the association of excess body fat to cancer or we simply don’t want to do what’s necessary to avoid this dreaded disease.
At HEALcare® our mission it to teach you how and support you through the process of changing your diet to normalize weight and to treat or avoid diabetes to lower risks of conditions such as heart disease, stroke and cancers.
Don’t do what many of us do by thinking that “it can’t happen to me” or waiting until you get a dreaded diagnosis.
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