A-Z of health C – Cancer
The one word that still scares everyone. People
seem to have become accustomed to hearing obesity and type 2 diabetes despite
their obvious health risks but Cancer, this is the one everyone is scared of.
But what are we doing about it?
I used to go by the theory that about 33% of cancers were impacted/caused by lifestyle but recent research is indicating that this figure is much higher. Cancer Research recently had a large advertising campaign to raise awareness that obesity was now the second biggest preventable cause of cancer (after smoking).
Taken from Cancer Research UK
“Does obesity cause cancer?”
“Yes. overweight and obesity is the second biggest preventable cause of cancer in the UK- more than 1 in 20 cancer cases are caused by excess weight”
“The risk is higher the more weight a person gains and the longer they are overweight for”
“The good news is small changes that are kept up over time can make a real difference”Cancer Research UK
There are many reasons why this is the case, as I have mentioned before obesity is a very complex disease and will be covered in more detail under the letter O.
Many people seem unaware that excess fat is dangerous, here is a little bit of the biology of what it is doing as it sits around your body: –
- It is an energy source, but the body generally has enough energy from the food eaten to not have to resort to fat stores.
- Fat cells send messages. Messages can influence chemical reactions, cell growth and reproductive cycles.
When I do my sessions on eating for immunity I talk about the cellular changes linked to a cancer cell forming, basically when it comes to fat cells, they don’t just sit there they are active communicators and that can cause damage around the body with their messages and signals affecting many things but the two of main concern would be;
Inflammation & Growth hormones.
For females who are overweight and obese there is the increased risk of fat cells affecting the sex hormones post menopause, making cells divide faster in the breasts and womb (two of the cancer types most closely linked to obesity).
Finally, your body shape is linked to an increased risk of cancer too – fat stored around the middle is not only an increased risk factor for Coronary Heart Disease but it is believed that apple shapes are linked to bowel, kidney, oesophageal, pancreatic, and breast cancers
The link with nutrition and cancer doesn’t end with obesity. When I talk about eating for immunity I talk a lot about the role of free radicals and antioxidants given that many of the population (adults and children alike) are malnourished we are likely to be lacking in the bodies natural defence mechanisms and with anything, our immune system is our first like of defence against cancer.
See M for Malnourishment.
If you would like any support and help with making a chance, today could be the day! Many of the issues I see and many of the statistics are preventable. Making a change today could shape your health of tomorrow, get in touch for a no-obligation chat on how I can support you.
Remember that what you eat now is likely to affect your children and their children’s future health too. (see my blog on epigenetics). https://www.louisemercieca.co.uk/blog
About the author of this blog
Louise Mercieca is a multi award-winning author on children’s nutrition with her book ‘How Food Shapes Your Child’ winning the Parenting award in Janey Lee Grace’s Platinum awards.
Louise has also won a SBS or Small Business Sunday award from Theo Paphitis and was recently crowned as Queen of Child Nutrition in the #Queenof Twitter awards.
Louise has worked as a Nutritional Therapist for 8 years supporting hundreds of clients and does take on a limited number of personal coaching clients each month – contact Louise to discuss this. Louise has also created an accessible and affordable webinar schedule covering many topics discussed in this A-Z post series. https://www.louisemercieca.co.uk/webinar