Obesity Will Increase The Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

Contributing Writer: Tony Subia
January, 2021

New cases of pancreatic cancer are on the rise. This could be related to population growth or the dramatic increases in the number people who are obese which increases the risk of getting pancreatic cancer and some other types of cancer besides cancer of the pancreas. Obesity is also a major risk factor of getting Type 2 Onset Diabetes which in-turn can be both a cause or a symptom of pancreas cancer.

How Obesity Increases Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

Obesity is measured by “Body Mass Index” or BMI. A BMI of 25 or greater are considered levels of obesity. The larger the index, the greater the risk. For example, A BMI of 50 would substantially increase the risk versus the lower index numbers.

Read more information on how Body Mass Index is determined.

Fat tissues in overweight people will progressively produce more hormones and growth factors versus people of a healthy weight that practice a physically active lifestyle. High levels of some hormones such as insulin, which is produced by the pancreas, will increase the risk of many cancers including pancreatic cancer.

Those with “high-waist-to-hip-fat-ratio” can dramatically increase risk. With the continuing rise in the obese population levels, obesity can overtake smoking as the highest pancreatic cancer risk factor. The earlier someone become obese, increases the risk of pancreatic cancer. It is therefor important to avoid obesity at an early juvenile age.

In summary, it’s simple If you want to reduce your chances of getting pancreas cancer, always maintain a healthy, balanced diet and a physically active lifestyle. Keep your Body Mass Index below 25. And keep in-mind that high levels of fat around your waist increases the the risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

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