Visceral obesity is related to poor prognosis in pancreatic cancer

Visceral obesity is excess of abdominal fat. This fat covers the vital organs and can alter cell metabolism. Obesity has been raised as a risk factor for certain cancers. However, no associations have been established regarding visceral obesity.

Pancreatic cancer is not a very frequent tumor, but its incidence has steadily increased since recent years; especially in developed countries. The aim of this study was to analyze the impact of visceral obesity on the prognosis of patients with pancreatic cancer and other health markers. 499 patients as well as their lifestyle (smoking, alcohol intake) and presence of other diseases (diabetes) were analyzed.

It was concluded that patients with higher levels of visceral fat had a lower life expectancy, higher risk of metastasis and worse prognosis than those without visceral obesity.

Source: Kim, Chung, Park, Park JY, Bang, Park SW2, Song SY2, Chung JB2. Nutr Cancer. 2016 Feb-Mar;68(2):201-7. doi: 10.1080/01635581.2016.1134600. Epub 2016 Feb 4.

Dr. Adem Gunes