Why we should keep moving - a healthcare professional's view
We'd like to wish a warm welcome to our newest JOG Derbyshire Leader, Karl Rex. Karl is the practice manager at Baslow Health Centre and hopes to bring the community together through his jogging group. He is looking forward to seeing his participants benefit from the health and social aspects of getting outdoors and active and has this message on the danger of cancer.
Baslow Practice manager Karl Rex.
Link between being overweight and cancer
"As reported in the Guardian newspaper, a new review in the British Medical Journal found strong evidence of a link between body weight and 11 types of cancer, most of them either digestive (such as bowel cancer) or hormonal (such as breast cancer).
"The review was based on more than 200 summaries of studies looking at the link between excess body fat and a specific cancer.
"It found strong evidence that people who are overweight have an increased risk of developing 11 different cancers: pancreatic, kidney, ovarian, biliary tract, oesophagus, colon and rectum, bone marrow (multiple myeloma) and stomach cancers, as well as breast and endometrial cancer in women.
A high proportion of adults at risk
A high proportion of adults in the UK have excess fat and are at risk, not just those who are classified as overweight or obese.
As a result of the ongoing obesity epidemic in the UK, the concern is obesity-related cancers will overtake lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer related deaths, meaning a lot of people develop cancer that could have been prevented.
Not everyone is aware of the link between excess fats and being at increased risk of developing certain cancers, so it is important we all take steps towards leading a healthy lifestyle.
A balanced diet and exercise is best solution
You should aim to maintain a healthy weight by eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly, and avoid smoking and drinking too much alcohol.
Do you want to take steps towards a healthier you?
Get on the move...
Meet Karl (Baslow Health Centre Manager) for some fun, very light exercise every Thursday, starting on April 6 at 5pm, Baslow Village Hall car park.
The aim will be to slowly build up to walking or jogging 3km, then 5km, and maybe 10km in the future!