Dr Oz: Is Your Fat Causing Cancer?
Dr Oz is often talking about how fat can increase your risk of having a Heart Attack, a Stroke or of getting Diabetes. But until recently, we had no idea how much your risk increases for getting Cancer if you have excess Belly Fat. Doctor Oz said that if any of us ever needed a reason to lose weight, then surely this is it! In fact, it could be a matter of life and death… so as Dr Oz said, lose the weight or you may lose your life. A new study found that belly fat, especially when combined with stress and excess estrogen, can make cancerous cells grow bigger faster.
Dr Oz: Belly Fat Causes Cancer
Doctor Oz was joined by Dr Kathleen Wolin (also known as Dr Kate Wolin), who was at the forefront of the study that found a link between Belly Fat and Cancer. She said that 20% of deaths caused by Cancer in women are attributed to Obesity. And this is something that is preventable and that we can stop from happening. Dr Wolin said that any amount of excess weight increases your rate. But especially if you hit the “overweight” category according to your BMI. And if you reach the “obese” category, your risk of getting Cancer goes up even more. She said that even if you do not lose weight, just not gaining more weight can reduce your risk of getting Cancer. So at the very minimum, we should stop our weight gain.
Dr Oz gave a very alarming statistic. 30% of all Cancer cases in America are caused by smoking, but the same statistic applies for Cancer cases caused by obesity. That is correct – 30% of Cancer cases in America are caused by being overweight and sedentary.
Dr Oz: Ovarian Cancer & Belly Fat
Doctor Oz said that not all fat is created evenly. Omentum, or Belly Fat, actually comes alive and sends out hormones and chemicals throughout your body. In fact, Belly Fat can produce as many hormones as other organs can, which is one of the reasons that it can cause Ovarian Cancer. The Omentum sends chemicals to your ovaries, and it fuels cancer cell growth. The cancer cells grow fast and become larger sociopaths, which start to take over all of the normal cells and destroy the gland.
Dr Oz: Anthocyanins Prevent Ovarian Cancer
Dr Oz asked Dr Kate Wolin what can we do to help reduce our Ovarian Cancer risk? She said that diet is important. So eat lots of vegetables and fruits, especially ones that are rich in Anthocyanins like red or blue-ish / purple produce like radishes, red onion and red cabbage.
Dr Oz: Insulin Resistance Causes Pancreatic Cancer
Doctor Oz then spoke about how Belly Fat increases your risk of Pancreatic Cancer. Usually when we think of Insulin Resistance, we think of Diabetes. But it can actually cause Pancreatic Cancer as well. The sugar from Insulin Resistance contributes to Cancer Cell growth.
Dr Kate Wolin told Dr Oz that folate, which is found in leafy green vegetables, fruits and whole grains, helps how we regulate our DNA repair process. So eat eggs, asparagus and oranges to reduce your risk of Pancreatic Cancer. Or try taking a multivitamin with folate, especially if you are pregnant!
Dr Oz: Immune Function & Colon Cancer
Dr Oz held up a colon that was heavy from fat being embedded throughout the organ. When you have excess fat, your Immune Function is disturbed. And an Immune Function that is not working properly, in conjunction with inflammation, can increase your risk of getting Colon Cancer. In addition to losing weight, Dr Kate Wolin said that you should exercise and take an Aspirin to reduce inflammation. By taking an Aspirin for 5 years or more, you reduce your risk of getting Colon Cancer. Doctor Oz said that we have known for a long time that taking aspirin reduces your risk of Colon Cancer and of getting Colon Polyps. Dr Oz suggested taking 2 baby aspirins a day with a big glass of warm water to help it dissolve.
Dr Oz: Leptin Overproduction & Kidney Cancer
Dr Oz said that Leptin Overproduction, which is caused by excess Belly Fat, can lead to Kidney Cancer. Leptin Overproduction causes your blood vessels to feed cancerous tumors. Kidneys are also very important for blood pressure management. You can reduce your risk of getting Kidney Cancer by having a diet that is low in salt and rich in potassium. A few great sources of potassium include bananas, broccoli and apricots.
Dr Oz: Endometrial Cancer & Belly Fat
Dr Oz said that the cancer your belly fat cells put you most at risk for is Endometrial Cancer or Uterine Cancer. When your uterus is bathed in hormones from your belly fat, you greatly increase your risk of getting cancer of the uterus. In fact, a recent study found that if your a woman with a waist size over 35″, then your risk of getting Endometrial Cancer increases by 57%. Doctor Oz showed how estrogen hyper-stimulates a uterus and it becomes very large.
Dr Kate Wolin said that being overweight is such a big factor in Endometrial Cancer that it really trumps anything else they look at. But there is a study being done on the effects of coffee, which boosts your metabolism, and they are hopeful that it may also help to prevent Endometrial Cancer.