A new study found that obesity can grow the risk of developing liver cancer, but if you have type 2 diabetes and you have been classified as overweight, your chances of having liver cancer raise a lot.
The researchers found that these 2 factors affect the liver because when a person is obese they can’t process the food properly. The liver is affected by all the extra sugar in the blood, the biggest problem of individuals who suffer from type 2 diabetes.
In the last 40 years, the number of people who suffer from liver cancer has increased and now it is 3 times bigger than it was in 1970.
In order to conduct this study, the researchers analyzed data from 1.57 million adults from previous studies. They wanted to see the connection between obesity, liver cancer, and diabetes. None of the people had cancer prior to the study but 6.5 % of them were diagnosed with diabetes. From all of the participants, more than 2000 people had developed liver cancer.
After they had these results, the team compared the people who were obese but did not have diabetes with those who were obese and had diabetes. Once a person is obese there are some chances to develop liver cancer, but if that person has diabetes too the risk raises with 2.6.
The results were the same even after the researchers included other factors like drinking, race, and smoking.
The risk of getting liver cancer tends to rise significantly when a person is getting “bigger”. Once a person that is obese puts on another 2 inches on his or her waist, the risk of developing liver cancer raises with 8 %.
The researchers mentioned that in the U.S. 8 out of 100.0000 struggle with liver cancer. Despite the fact that that the researchers found a connection with between cancer and obesity, they did not found a cause-and-effect relationship.
Researchers are going to investigate more on this topic in order to find the real connection between obesity and liver cancer. Moreover, specialists debunked the myth stating that liver cancer is only tied to excessive drinking and hepatitis infections.
What do you think about this new study? Will it influence people to lose weight when they know that liver cancer is a side effect of obesity and diabetes?
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