People who have been diagnosed with colon cancer have a poorer prognosis if they're obese or have type 2 diabetes, new research suggests.
Two new studies that looked at the impact that body-mass index (BMI) and a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes had on survival rates after a colon cancer diagnosis found that both factors influence whether or not someone survives colorectal cancer. In addition, both studies found that deaths from any cause, including heart disease, were also increased in those who were obese or had type 2 diabetes.
Results of the studies were published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
message here is to avoid obesity and type 2 diabetes because they have
negative health outcomes. We don't know for sure that losing weight or
increasing physical activity will help, but we know they're good for
trying to avoid other diseases, like cardiovascular disease, that can
come up down the road," said Dr. Jeffrey Meyerhardt, author of an
accompanying editorial in the same journal, and an associate professor
of medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School in Boston... Read More