Stay in shape for life

Most people know that staying in shape reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, but many people are surprised to learn that it reduces the risk of cancer too. In fact, 22,100 cases of cancer could be prevented each year in the UK if we were all a healthy weight.

There are several possible reasons for the link between body fat and cancer. For example, we know that fat cells release hormones such as oestrogen and this can increase the risk of cancers like breast cancer. Studies have also shown that storing too much fat, particularly around the waist, encourages the body to produce growth hormones. Having high levels of these hormones is linked to a higher risk of cancer.

Measuring BMI and waist circumference are good ways of assessing a patient’s weight. Check out our BMI calculator and waist measurement tools.

Published in Winter 2014 issue