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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
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