Metabolic Syndrome May Affect Cancer Recurrence
Researchers in Italy say they have found a link between metabolic syndrome
and the recurrence of breast cancer. The latest definition of metabolic syndrome,
from the International Obesity Task Force, states that to be classified as having
metabolic syndrome, you have what's called "central obesity," or fat
in the belly area, plus two of the following four risk factors:
High blood pressure
Higher blood sugar count than is normal (although not necessarily at
the level of diabetes)
High triglycerides (blood fat, such as cholesterol)
Lower levels of HDL, or good cholesterol.
The researchers in the Italian study evaluated 110 women who had been diagnosed
with breast cancer and found that women with metabolic syndrome were three times
more likely to have a recurrence of cancer than women who did not have the syndrome.
International Journal of Cancer, 1 July 2006