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New research suggests that nearly 6 percent of cancers (792,600 cancer cases) can be at least partly attributed to obesity and diabetes. The study, which was published online on The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology website, states that diabetes and a high body mass index (greater than 25) are both associated with a higher risk of certain cancers and are increasing in prevalence.
Fortunately, Type 2 diabetes and obesity can be prevented with proper lifestyle changes, which include the following:
- Avoiding tobacco
- Exercising regularly
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Eating a healthy diet and limiting your intake of unhealthy foods
- Managing your stress
- Regularly checking your cholesterol and blood pressure
- Visiting your doctor for routine preventive care
Implementing the above prevention tips can help you remain healthy and avoid developing chronic conditions like obesity and Type 2 diabetes, which, in turn, can help lower your risk of certain cancers. For more information, please review the full-text version of the study.
This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Readers should contact a health professional for appropriate advice.
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