Can Obesity Cause Cancer
“I am fat because my mother makes tasty food” is a confession almost every obese person makes! Carrying some extra pounds is considered to be a sign of content, foody, and a happy lifestyle by many. But does anyone think beyond it? Has anyone ever thought about the indirect adversities that arise due to obesity? Diabetes, increased risk of heart diseases, blood pressure, infertility, and stroke are stereotypical companions of obesity. But little do people know that steadily lurking foe “CANCER” can be an unforeseen result of obesity too.
Impact of FAT on body
- Insulin, a hormone that helps the body use glucose, is affected by free fatty acids accumulated in the body. Therefore, eating a diet rich in fat causes changes in glucose intake. Insulin now acts as a switch for rapid cell division, leading to cancer growth.
- Fat causes estrogen production. Excess estrogen production leads to unwanted cell division i.e. Cancerous growth.
- Accumulated fat cells alter the job of macrophages (cells that clear cell debris), increasing the levels of fat cells and macrophages leading to chronic inflammation, elevating the chances of cancer.
Signs & Symptoms of Cancer in obese
- Formation of Lumps in breasts and other body parts
- Unusual bleeding in stools (rectal cancer)
- Development of white patches in the mouth or on the tongue
- Prolonged constipation(a sign of colon cancer)
Obesity has also been linked to various types of cancer.
- Gall bladder
Basically, all factors contributing to obesity affect everyone in the same way. However, not all obese people have signs of inflammation or fluctuating insulin levels. Because it shows a very complex relationship that leads to cancer.
Its high time one considers obesity (an anomaly) as a possible threat for the increasing graph of cancer-struck victims taking a toll on humanity!
Keep a check on those extra pounds you consume