Let’s face it, getting older isn’t always fun. Sure we get wiser, and the drama in our lives might calm down, but it sure can be rough on our bodies.
Remember the good old days when you could plow through your “Honey Do” list before eleven AM, spend the afternoon playing a pickup game of football with the kids and then take the love of your life out dancing until after midnight?
These days just carrying in the groceries in from the car could have you spending a couple hours lounging on the couch recovering. So you’ve been forced to dial back your active lifestyle a bit.
But less movement can translate into MORE of you. And while your other half doesn’t mind your expanding belly, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with a downside.
In fact, it turns out you could be riding that spare tire all the way to the doctor’s office. Because being overweight is linked to the development of prostate cancer.
Now that may not be news to you. After all, we’ve known for quite some time that carrying around extra pounds can raise your risk for prostate cancer. But since prostate cancer is quite common as we age—and is often not life-threatening—no one has been panicking over the connection.
A “beer gut” raises your risk of aggressive prostate cancer
However, a new study out of Oxford University is causing all of us to take a second look at the link. Because, according to researchers, if you’re carrying around extra pounds and have a big belly or a high Body Mass Index (BMI) your risk for developing prostate cancer isn’t all you need to worry about. You’re also far more likely to develop an aggressive form of the disease.
The Oxford team crunched the numbers for 141,000 guys with a median age of 52. Researchers found that every four inches added to the waist increases prostate cancer risk by 13 percent. Those same four pants sizes send your risk of an aggressive cancer climbing by 10 percent.
But don’t breathe a sigh of relief if you aren’t overweight and have a normal BMI. The wife might think your beer belly is “cute,” but the truth is a big belly on a thin guy is bad news too.
Belly fat raises death risk 87%
In fact, carrying around too much belly fat can be downright deadly. A Mayo Clinic study found that packing on extra pounds around your mid-section… even if you’re fit everywhere else… can send your risk of death soaring 87 percent higher than a guy with normal belly.
But you can do something about that belly, your BMI and your prostate cancer risks. In fact, there are three simple changes you can make starting today that could send your risk plummeting.
3 simple steps to reduce your cancer risk
First, get out and take a brisk walk, or swim a few laps, or play a round of tennis with a friend. The point is, just get moving! According to researchers at the University of California-San Francisco you can slash your risk of prostate cancer by 68 percent with regular exercise.
Next, if you haven’t made the switch to a Paleo style diet, now is the time. You’ll be giving up cancer-linked processed meats and shedding weight, both of which can reduce your cancer risks. Plus you’ll be drastically reducing the amount of sugar in your diet, which otherwise would be converted to belly fat.
And finally make sure to take a quality probiotic with several strains to balance your gut flora and support healthy weight loss.
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