Study on obese adults have shown that they live on for an average two to three months less after getting diagnosed by pancreatic cancer when compared to healthy weight patients. This was seen to be the case even after adjusting for factors that are known to predict survival for such patients.
The association between the two was found to be strongest for those who were overweight two decades before their diagnosis. The study’s senior author, Brian M. Wolpin, MD, MPH who is assistant professor of medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School in Boston said that the study throws light on the evidence for the role of weight control in improving outcomes for patients with are suffering from cancer. Further, it also tells you about the importance of maintaining a healthy weight throughout your life. This may lead to better outcomes after your diagnosis and also help to prevent cancer from developing.
The researchers worked to evaluate the association between BMI in 1986 and the survival rate after diagnosis of pancreatic cancer among the participants from two studies. The participants were surveyed on medical history, health behaviours and their lifestyle choices.
In the current study the researchers assessed 902 cases of pancreatic cancer that were diagnosed during the 24 year period and it was found that the overall median length of their survival after the diagnosis was five months.
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