2 Chronic Conditions That Can Cause Cancer


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Cancer is the second leading cause of death from non-communicable diseases in the world. Research suggests that nearly 6 percent of cancers (792,600 cancer cases) can be at least partly attributed to obesity and diabetes. The study, which was published online on The Lancet

Diabetes & Endocrinology website, states that diabetes and a high body mass index (greater than 25) are both associated with a higher risk of certain cancers and are increasing in prevalence.


Fortunately, Type 2 diabetes and obesity can be prevented with proper lifestyle changes, which include the following:

  • Avoiding tobacco

  • Exercising regularly

  • Maintaining a healthy weight

  • Eating a healthy diet and limiting your intake of unhealthy foods

  • Managing your stress

  • Regularly checking your cholesterol and blood pressure

  • Visiting your doctor for routine preventive care

Implementing the above prevention tips can help you remain, healthy and avoid developing chronic conditions like obesity and Type 2 diabetes, which, in turn, can help lower your risk of certain cancers. For more information, please review the full-text version of the study.