Thursday, June 25, 2009

Watch Out on Your Weight

Frequent consumption of foods as shown in the figure above, could lead to obesity. As we all know, obesity does associated with a string of complicated diseases, particularly heart diseases, type II diabetes and breathing difficulties while sleeping.

In a recent study, an article which is published in the Journal of the America Medical Association on 24th June 2009, links between obesity and pancreatic cancer very closely. The study suggests that the risk of pancreatic cancer occurrence seems to be higher in those who are obese.

Particularly in the United States, the number of obese individuals have been increasing by leaps and bounds nowadays. Evidences accumulated in the last 2 decades appear to be inclined to a fact that having excess body weight influenced an individual's lifespan greatly, as well as increasing the risk of pancreatic cancer occurrence.

Dong Li Hui, PhD form University of Texas, together with a number of colleagues, found in their study that individuals who were overweight (a BMI of 25-29.9) from the ages of 14 to 39 years or obese (a BMI of 30 or greater) from the ages of 20 to 49 years had an associated increased risk of pancreatic cancer, independent of diabetes status. The result is based on 841 patients with pancreatic cancer and 754 healthy individuals matched by age, race and gender.

Apart from that, the study also reveal that individuals who are overweight or obese from the ages of 20 to 49 years had an earlier onset of pancreatic cancer by 2 to 6 years.

The abstract can be found here.

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