Abdominal fat may put men at greater risk for prostate cancer

Dr. Jennifer Ashton discusses what men should know about a new study linking abdominal fat with prostate cancer.
2:23 | 06/10/19

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Transcript for Abdominal fat may put men at greater risk for prostate cancer
I will be honest with you. We know now do the gma health alert. Men's health week and a first of its kind study Y your fat is located. Dr. Jennifer Ashton is here. Tell us more about it. Good morning. It's been known a long time that body fat and obesity increase the risk of cancer, prostate cancer the most common for men. This is the first time that a study looked at body composition. Body fat distribution. They studied men in Iceland and found using C.A.T. Scan found that men with visceral fat inside and the around the organs had a risk of advanced prostate cancer. Men with subcutaneous fat had an increased risk of fatal prostate Kansas citier. Not a surprise that bmi increased the risk. Did it for overall advanced and fatal but not the total number. Very, very interesting. What is the link between obesity and cancer? A couple things. We know it well. When you have excess body fat, it increases and changes metabolism, inflammatory environment. Inlynn resistance. All of that can fuel cancer. The body head to toe, there are 13 obesity related cancers, a brain cancer, thyroid, breast, ovarian, all the way to the gi track. You have to think. Being a doctor and nutritionist, you will advice you to lose weight and keep it off. Correct. To not gain weight. That is easier said than done. Make it a priority. If you increase your fruits and vegetable, you will do good 234i7ks for your heart and brain and lower your risk for cancer. And almost every major cancer center in the country studying diet, meditations we use to treat diabetes and the risk of progression of cancer and development. This is a very hot top Nick medical research right now. I'm glad you're here to discuss. Thank Yo Cool and cloudy and you

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