Understand the Weight and Breast Cancer Relationship
February 3, 2011
Last month everyone wore pink to symbolize the awareness of breast cancer. Even with so much information coming out on the subject, people still heavily fear being a victim of the disease that killed approximately 41,000 people in 2006. With all of the allegedly “safe” and “beneficial” practices such as screenings and drug treatments, the prevalence of breast cancer has yet to diminish. Even in light of these supposedly “safe” practices, none of them actually serve to prevent breast cancer. There aren’t many physical common denominators when observing people with breast cancer. One such variable that seems to influence the risk drastically, however, is weight.
Studies show that if people are carrying around extra weight, then their chances of getting breast cancer are augmented significantly. Even if the cancer is cured, odds of surviving even 10 years after the treatment are not promising. Further more, people who survive breast cancer who are overweight have a greater risk of developing cancer later in life.
Research shows that the hormones leptin and adiponectin, which come from fat, are involved with the development of cancers. As a person gains weight above normal levels, the hormone levels are thrown out of proportion. Leptin levels increase as adiponectin levels decrease, which causes a major imbalance in the body, triggering gene switches that encourage cancer.
Mike is the co-founder, editor, and researcher behind Natural Society. Studying the work of top natural health activists, and writing special reports for top 10 alternative health websites, Mike has written hundreds of articles and pages on how to obtain optimum wellness through natural health.