A nationwide Danish study reveals the risk of several types of cancers can significantly increase due to obesity. The study's findings were originally published in the Journal of Internal Medicine.
The study included 20,706 cancers among 313,321 cancer patients who were either overweight or obese. They compared that data to 18,480 cancers, which was based on information provided by the general population.
The risk of cancer was 12 per cent high due to overweight and obesity. The risk of cancer was even high for obese people with type 2 diabetes or diseases related to alcohol.
Night shift workers are at extremely high risk of becoming obese, according to a study published in Obesity Reviews. "Globally, nearly 0.7 billion workers are engaged in a shift work pattern. Our study revealed that much of the obesity and overweight among shift workers is attributable to such a job nature," said Dr Lap Ah Tse, senior author of the study, told a news portal. Adding, "Obesity has been evident to be positively associated with several adverse health outcomes, such as breast cancer, cardiovascular diseases."
Obesity has become a huge public health crisis across the globe. Health officials urge people to tackle the issue now as it can lead to a host of serious health issues like cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. A recent study,published in the British Dental Journal, discovered a link between obesity and gum disease.
"Periodontal disease occurs in patients more susceptible to inflammation -- who are also more susceptible to obesity," co-author of the study Andres Pinto, professor of oral and maxillofacial medicine and diagnostic sciences at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicin, told a news portal. Adding, "There is a thought, from the clinical perspective, that if you treat one of the issues, it may impact the other."
Pinto further explained: "This is the big question. For example, if we treat obesity successfully, will this impact periodontal disease to the point of being of clinical relevance compared to control population. The jury is still out given the paucity of controlled, well designed, clinical trials on this issue."
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