A recent study suggests that women of normal weight may still be at greater risk for colon cancer if they have other heart-related characteristics such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar and elevated levels of blood fat. The findings show the connection between metabolic health and other health factors.
Being overweight or obese is a well-known risk factor for developing colon cancer. It’s also well documented that high blood pressure, diabetes and blood fat levels play a significant role in increasing your chances of developing heart disease. What this study shows is that being overweight is not always the first indication of poor metabolic health and bad metabolic health may lead to an increase in developing colon cancer.
The results stress the importance of wellness checkups and screening for conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol levels, regardless of your weight. It’s estimated that 30 percent of normal-weight adults worldwide may be metabolically unhealthy. Managing your metabolic health is beneficial to a person’s overall well being. It now appears it may reduce your chances of developing colon cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in women (excluding skin cancers). Women age 50 or older should begin yearly colon cancer screenings.
The study’s findings further reiterate the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Healthy choices include:
- Regular exercise
- Eating a healthy diet
- Avoiding smoking
- Minimizing or avoiding alcohol intake
- Scheduling routine exams and wellness checkups