According to a new study undertaken at Washington University School of Medicine at St. Louis, you can prevent blood cancer by losing weight.
In the study (published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute) it was shown that if you are able to maintain a healthy weight then people with a benign blood disorder could reduce the risk of it developing into multiple myeloma, which is a cancer or the blood.
Multiple myeloma is often preceded by monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (otherwise known as MGUS), which is when abnormal plasma cells found within your body overproduce copies of the antibody protein.
Often this condition will go undetected and undiagnosed, but this new research has shown that your weight can have an impact on its development.
Su-Hsin Chang, Assistant Professor and author of the study had this to say about the findings:
“Our findings show that obesity can now be defined as a risk factor for developing multiple myeloma through this condition.”
“For patients diagnosed with MGUS, maintaining a healthy weight may be a way to prevent the progression to multiple myeloma, if further confirmed by clinical trials.”
What research was undertaken?
The researchers looked at data taken from the US Department of Veterans Affairs that identified 7,878 patients, mostly men who had been diagnosed with MGUS.
Of these patients analysed, the researchers found that:
- 39.8% were overweight
- 33.8% were obese
The researchers found that 4.6% of overweight patients developed multiple myeloma, with 4.3% of obese patients developed multiple myeloma. Of those patients who had a normal weight, only 3.5% developed multiple myeloma.
The researchers concluded that those who were overweight had a 55% higher chance of developing multiple myeloma, while those who were obese had a 98% higher chance.
It has been shown time and again that being overweight or obese raises the risk of numerous health conditions, this latest study really should not be a surprise.
If you are currently overweight then I most certainly would recommend you taking action to lose a few pounds. Your overall health depends on the actions you make.