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Apple-shaped body means higher risk of colon cancer

Posted Sep 22 2010 7:33am

Putting on fat around the middle is one of the great bugbears of life post-menopause. Now new research from the University of Minnesota shows that having a midriff bulge isn’t just bad for the way you look, it’s dangerous for your longterm wellbeing and puts you at higher risk of dying of cancer of colon.

Researchers already knew that being obese after menopause increases a woman’s chances of developing a range of illnesses, including heart and circulatory disease, diabetes and various cancers. What the study uncovered is that when a woman takes on the distinctive apple-shaped body that so many midlife women start to show, her risk of dying of cancer of the colon goes up by between 30-40%.

Nasty. What to do? Take steps to slenderise, by cutting out junk foods, eating a healthy diet and smaller portions, and including more exercise in your life.

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