A few months ago it was published in the magazine Journal of the National Cancer Institute a study carried out by German researchers from the German Institute of Human Nutrition Postdam Rehbrücke , in which they have analyzed the relationship of various anthropometric measures (the abdominal obesity ), and the risk of colon cancer.
Specifically, these researchers resorted to the largest database on life habits and nutrition, with the express objective of looking for a series of indicators of the risk of developing rectal and colon cancer.
Not in vain, his data start from the study called EPIC (European Prospective Research on Nutrition and Cancer), which collects information from a total of 521,000 people from ten European countries, including Spain.
In the research, scholars found that hip measurement in relation to the hip serves as a clear indicator of the risk of colon cancer, both in men and women.
Measurements of abdominal fat and the risk of colon cancer
With regard to women, those with a ratio greater than 0.85 had a 52% higher risk of developing or suffering from colon cancer than those with a ratio lower than 0.73.
In men, the results appear to be similar, since the risk was approximately 50% in men with a higher waist-to-hip ratio.
However, according to the researchers themselves, the Body Mass Index ( IMC ) would only serve to predict the risk of colon cancer in men, and not in women.
Remember that you can calculate your BMI for free using our free calculator of IMC .
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Via | Journal of the National Cancer Institute