Tel Aviv: Obesity in childhood has a direct link with bladder and urinary tract (urothelial) and colorectal cancers in adulthood, warn Israeli researchers.
Hence, maintaining a healthy weight has become a dire necessity. Besides extra pounds are tied to the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and joint and muscle pain.
Ari Shamiss and Adi Leiba of Tel Aviv University Sackler Faculty of Medicine and their fellow researchers conducted a longitudinal study of a cohort of 1.1 million males in the Israeli military, who were followed-up for 18 years, the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention and Obesity reports.
When they controlled for factors such as year of birth and education, the researchers discovered a clear link between childhood BMI, a height to weight index and those who were diagnosed with urothelial or colorectal cancers later in life, according to a Tel Aviv statement.
Shamiss believes that further research will reveal connections between childhood obesity and a wide range of other cancers, including pancreatic cancer, which he is currently researching.