Belly Fat is a Cancer Risk

Being overweight has a number of health risks, and belly fat in particular has been associated with a number of health problems, including cancer. A new study, published in the journal Oncogene, explores the cancer relationship and has determined the actual mechanism behind it. In short, researchers discovered that a certain protein found in body fat cause a non-cancerous cell to turn into a cancerous one. Abdominal fat is especially bad in that it has a significant amount of a visceral fat layer, the source of these fibroblast growth factor-2 proteins.

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