Belly fat linked to aggressive prostate cancer risk

Ageing is tough on the body.

Once upon a time, you were strong like a bull … but these days, a morning game of racquetball can land you on the couch for the rest of the day, writhing in pain.

So maybe you’ve scaled back a little. But if you’re sitting still a LOT more than you’re running around, it may start to show… right there in your bulging middle.

If your wife doesn’t seem to mind, then it’s no big deal, right?

Well, it turns out that your “spare tire” just might send you to the oncologist office – right after you’re done shopping for some new clothes.

We’ve known for a while now that you’re more likely to develop prostate cancer if you’re overweight. But, since most tumours in the prostate are relatively low-risk… and most cases of prostate cancer aren’t life-threatening… we haven’t exactly hit the panic button over the link.

But according to a new study from Oxford University, if you’re overweight WITH a larger waistline and/or a higher Body Mass Index (BMI), you’re not only more likely to develop prostate cancer, but that cancer you develop is more likely to be an AGGRESSIVE form.

In fact, based on data from 141,000 men with a median age of 52, for every four inches added at your waist (or every four pant sizes) the risk of prostate cancer increases by 13 per cent – and the risk of an aggressive form increases by 10 per cent.

Having excess belly fat has already been shown to boost your risk of DEATH by a whopping 87 per cent – even if you’re NOT overweight and your BMI is considered “normal”!

This just shows that your level of health is determined by more than just one measurement – in this case, the number on the bathroom scale. Because how and where you’ve gained weight can make a huge difference between a harmless tumour that doesn’t need immediate treatment and one that sends you into chemo and radiation in the blink of an eye.

Fortunately, these are risk factors you can do something about. You can keep your belly and BMI in check AND prevent prostate cancer by staying active and skipping out on processed meats with all-natural Paleo diet. In fact, exercise has been shown to slash prostate cancer risk by 68 per cent!

If your belly is expanding, sugar should be the first thing you cut back on, since your body quickly stores it as fat — often around your mid-section.

You can even count as you chew, which can help you slow down your mealtime and actually may help you eat less.

Lastly, a good probiotic (preferably with multiple strains) can help give you a good balance of health gut bacteria, have been proven to support weight loss.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
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Spare tyre? Extra four inches on your waist RAISES risk of prostate cancer by 13 per cent

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