Dr. Campbell: Obesity and diabetes tied to liver cancer

Dr. Campbell: Obesity and diabetes tied to liver cancer


THAT IS A LOT OF WORK. THE TATTOO -ATHON WILL RUN FROM THIS THURSDAY TO FRIDAY. ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO S T. JUDE’S CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL. ONE IN THREE AMERICANS IS CONSIDERED OBESE, AND DOCTORS WARNED BEING SEVERELY OVERWEIGHT INCREASES THE RISK FOR HEART DISEASE, DIABETES, BLOOD PRESSURE AND NUMEROUS OTHER DISEASES AS WELL. A NEW STUDY SHOWS THAT LIVER CANCER MAY ALSO BE TIED TO UNDERLYING OBESITY AND DIABETES. MEDICAL EXPERT DOCTOR KEVIN CAMPBELL JOINS US IN THE STUDIO. LIVER CANCER, HOW COMMON IS IT? BELIEVE IT OR NOT IT IS THE SIXTH MOST COMMON TYPE OF CANCER IN AMERICA TODAY. IT AFFECTS BUBBLY EIGHT OUT OF 100,000 MACKIN’S. THE PROBLEM IS IT IS A DEADLY FORM OF CANCER, THE FIVE-YEAR SURVIVAL RATE IS VERY POOR. TELL US ABOUT THIS NEW STUDY? WHAT THEY FOUND IS THAT AS YOU BECAME MORE OBESE, YOUR WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE INCREASED IN YOUR BODY WEIGHT INCREASE YOUR RISK OF LIVER CANCER REALLY WENT UP. IF YOU WERE OBESE AND ALSO HAD DIABETES AND WENT UP EVEN FURTHER. BELIEVE IT OR NOT FOR EVERY TWO INCHES YOU GAINED ON YOUR WEIGHT, IT INCREASED YOUR RISK FOR LIVER CANCER ABOUT 8%. THAT IS PRETTY SIGNIFICANT. IS THAT BECAUSE YOUR LIVER IS HAVING TO WORK SO MUCH HARDER TO FILTER THOSE TOXINS THROUGH? WE DON’T KNOW EXACTLY, BECAUSE THE STUDY SHOWS CORRELATION AND ASSOCIATION, NOT CAUSATION. ONE THING TO REMEMBER IS A LOT OF CANCER AND HEART DISEASE IS CAUSED BY INFLAMMATION. WHEN YOU ARE OBESE OR YOU HAVE TYPE TWO IN THE — DIABETES, THAT HAS A LOT TO DO WITH THAT INCREASED RISK FOR LIVER CANCER AS WELL AS OTHER TYPES OF CANCERS. WHAT DO YOU DO TO LOWER THE RISK? LIKE WE ALWAYS SAY ON THE SHOW, EXERCISE AND DIET, HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. REDUCE YOUR BODYWEIGHT. ANOTHER RISK FACTOR IS HEPATITIS AND ALCOHOL

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