Abdominal fat and colon cancer

Large amounts of fat around the abdomen increase the risk of colon cancer according to a report from the University of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Men with waistlines larger than about 36 inches and women with waistlines greater than about 32 inches are at about double the risk of colon cancer when compared to slimmer persons.

Earlier studies have shown an association of abdominal fat with increased insulin production. Insulin apparently stimulates the growth of colon cancer.

The good news is that visceral fat can be reduced by exercise. (Journal of the National Cancer Institute 91:1147-1154, 1999)
Copyright 1999 Phylis A Austin

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