Link between cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease linked to obesity and nutrition.

nutritionThe University of Colorado Cancer Center presented a research study at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) revealing a link between cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

“We tend to silo ourselves in our research, but there are a number of factors shared in these three diseases,” said Tim Byers, the CU Cancer Center’s for cancer prevention and control.

The direct link was correlated to obesity which is a major cancer factor, likely causing about 20 percent of cancers of the breast, esophagus, colon, kidney, endometrium, , and gall bladder in the . Overweight and obesity contribute to diabetes and cardiovascular disease, causing 58 percent of and 21 percent of heart disease (according to the World Heart Federation). Other factors include tobacco, diet quality, and alcohol use.

“Obesity leads to a chronic inflammatory state and circulating growth factors that have adverse effects on the heart, and can also contribute to the development of cancer. But we tend to study these things in isolation, by disease and not by factor. The intention of this symposium is to plant a seed of thought that maybe, as , we should pay more attention to the subtleties of the epidemiology of other diseases,” said Byers.

“I was recently talking to a cardiovascular disease epidemiologist about cytokines – small proteins that can make and are jacked up in obesity,” said Byers. “It turns out that in cancer we had focused on one kind of cytokine and in cardiovascular disease, they had focused on another. There was no good reason for the difference – it’s just what was in the literature.”

“Understanding the similarities and differences in how these factors create cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease could aid the ways we prevent all three diseases,” said Byers.

Source

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-04/uocd-srf041415.php

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