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Colon Cancer Targets Obese Women

If you've read this blog for a while, you know obesity -- through an overproduction of insulin -- is a precursor to various cancers. That's why I was alarmed about a warning that obese women are more prone to suffer from colon cancer than obese males.

In a study of some 2,300 patients, including 1,250 men, a larger body mass index (BMI) was associated with a higher risk of significant colorectal neoplasia, but only statistically connected to women, not men.

Researchers divided women into several groups based on BMI and evaluated whether their screening tests detected large polyps or multiple polyps, high grade dysplasia (a precancerous change in the colon) or cancer. Women who had a BMI higher than 39 were more than five times as likely to have significant colonic neoplasia detected during a colonoscopy than women with a BMI of less than 26.

Since insulin is the mechanism that, in part, fuels the obesity crisis throughout the world, cutting out grains and sugars is one of the most critical things you can do tame your weight and fight this and other forms of cancer and slow down the aging process naturally.

EurekAlert November 1, 2004

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