Obesity-Related Cancers and Blood Glucose Levels

Niyati Parekh, PhD, RD Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Public Health, Director of Doctoral Program in Clinical Nutrition, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, Steinhardt School and Department of Population Health, NYU Langone School of Medicine, New York University 411 Lafayette Street NY. NY-10003.MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Niyati Parekh, PhD, RD
Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Public Health,
Director of Doctoral Program in Clinical Nutrition,
Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, Steinhardt School and
Department of Population Health, NYU Langone School of Medicine, New York University
411 Lafayette Street NY. NY-10003.

MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings of the study?

Dr. Parekh: The objective of the study was to investigate disturbances in blood glucose levels in relation to risk of obesity-related cancers. We observed an increased risk of obesity-related cancers, specifically colon cancer among persons with abnormal glucose values. These findings were stronger among persons who had this abnormality for longer duration (>10years).

MedicalResearch.com: Were any of the findings unexpected?

Dr. Parekh: The findings were consistent with what we had hypothesized or predicted.

MedicalResearch.com: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Dr. Parekh: Patients and not typically aware of the link between obesity, related glucose disturbances and its potential role in cancer.  Patients and doctors should consider glucose control, healthier diets and weight control to prevent cancer.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Dr. Parekh: This study focuses on Caucasians. Further research is needed to address racial disparities. Other racial groups are disproportionately impacted with cancer, diabetes and may also have poorer diets and lifestyles that influence these conditions.

Citation:

Metabolic Dysregulation of the Insulin–Glucose Axis and Risk of Obesity-Related Cancers in the Framingham Heart Study-Offspring Cohort (1971–2008)

Niyati Parekh, Yong Lin, Maya Vadiveloo, Richard B. Hayes, and Grace L. Lu-Yao

Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev Published OnlineFirst September 24, 2013; doi:10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-13-0330

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