CANCER SIDE EFFECTS: WEIGHT GAIN
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If you suffer weight gain as a consequence of oncologic cancer treatment, see how to relieve this side effect with natural medicine. While all of the following recommendations are scientifically validated in the Anglo-American sphere as a general rule, they cannot replace a strictly personalized advice based on your individual metabolism.
According to, inter alia, the American Cancer Society and Cancer Research UK, being overweight – especially obese (i.e. 30%+ more weight than normal) – can increase the risk of cancer severely. Potentially with 2 different causes: decreased immunity and/or negative effect on hormones estrogen and insulin.
In fact, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, almost 500,000 new cancer cases per year are attributable to overweight/obesity. With a total of 3.6% of all cancer cases globally. In North America alone, more than 100,000 obesity-related cancer cases strike.
However, it is not only the risk of new cancer cases related to increased weight/obesity, it is also the recurrence of, e.g. breast cancer, according to research at Harvard University in correlation with renown Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA.
Even worse: according to a meta-analysis of the National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Hyattsville, MD, the link between obesity and premature death has been validated.
However, under no condition you should swallow anti-obesity drugs because of dramatic side effects and that’s why, according to the European Medicines Agency, these drugs are banned in Europe.
Unfortunately, there is also no other ‘magic bullet’ solution for reducing weight. Rather, a more comprehensive – and natural – approach is needed in terms of remedies and modalities. As pointed out at the 2015 Plymouth Obesity, Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome Symposium by, inter alia, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Liverpool, King’s College Hospital, Institute of Cardiovascular Medical Sciences Glasgow, etc.
Also, according to research at the Canadian Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute in Toronto, and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, commercial diet programs with sophistically sounding brand names are not an alternative to real natural nutrients.
Doing justice according to, inter alia, the University of Queensland, Australia, an appropriate level of
- Vitamin B
especially folate (vitamin B-9) and vitamin B-12 can decrease weight gain and your body mass index (BMI), which is of special relevance in North America where a too high BMI causes some 500,000 new cancer cases (with more women than men).
Another important substance for your weight control according to, inter alia, Tulane University and the University of Massachusetts research, is
Why? If your weight goes up or down, is primarily dependent on the activity of the trillions of gut bacteria in your body which are responsible for stimulating or preventing food from breaking down. And fiber (to be found manifold in fruits and vegetables) optimizes these gut bacteria in direction weight loss. Validated, inter alia, by research at Washington University in St. Louis. In this respect, fiber is a kind of ‘catalyst’ in a positive way.
Same is with
- Green Vegetables
such as spinach, lettuce, etc. to keep down weight, according to meta-analysis at, inter alia, the University of Cambridge and the University of Southhampton, both in the UK.
Although established for thousands of years in evidence-based Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the herb
- Thunder God Vine (Botanical name: Tripterygium wilfordii)
according to research at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, can cut obesity almost in half because of its compound celastrol by enhancing the appetite-suppressing hormone leptin.
These diet recommendations shall be rounded up by appropriate
- Physical Exercise
But which exercise is ‘appropriate’ – strength, endurance, or a mixture of both?
According to the first clinical study of this kind, elaborated at the University of Madrid and La Paz University Hospital in Spain, and validated by the American Physiological Society (APS) and the University College London in the UK, any kind of physical exercise with less sitting in leisure time – along with a healthy diet – supports weight loss. Validated inter alia by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
According to Stanford University School of Medicine research, more than half of American women do not exercise in their leisure time at all. Although, according to same research, lack of exercise is even more problematic than over-eating, when it comes to overweight/obesity.
- Sun Exposure
is no less important, according to research at Telethon Kids Institute in Perth, Australia, when it comes to fight weight gain.
Moderate (!) sun exposure of any part of the body helps to release a natural compound named nitric oxide which reduces weight.
If you follow these recommendations above in case of a weight problem, this will also improve your mood, and your sleep, according to research at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
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