Let’s face it, guys: None of us are as slim and trim as we used to be — and if you are, congratulations.
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But before you do… before you say “not me — I’m in perfect shape” and click the “archive” button on this message… take a good, hard look at your waistline.
You don’t have to be shaped like a panda to be the wrong shape.
Even if you’ve just got a little extra air in the tire, it’s time to pay attention — and not just because of the heart disease and diabetes risk your doc blabs on and on about.
They’re real risks… but after hearing so much about them, the warnings start to lose their punch.
So here comes a new punch — a low blow that hits right below the belt, because the latest research finds even a little extra belly fat could lead to prostate cancer!
We’re not talking any ol’ tumors here — like the ones that are usually harmless.
We’re talking about the rare aggressive tumors… and that means you DO need to worry about your belly blubber, because as your waistline grows, your risk of a deadly cancer shoots up.
Every five-point jump in your BMI will increase your risk of fatal prostate cancer by 10 percent… and every 4 extra inches in your waistline will boost the odds of dying from prostate cancer by 18 percent.
There’s no word on why that risks jumps so quickly, but extra belly fat is known to screw with your hormone factory and immune system at the same time, a one-two punch that could give a cancer just what it needs to grow and thrive.
Of course, not every risk is within your control. The study finds taller guys also have a higher risk of cancer… but there’s not a whole lot you can do about your height.
So focus on your weight. Losing even a few of those extra pounds won’t just protect your prostate, it’ll also help you to avoid all of today’s leading killers of seniors: heart disease, diabetes and even dementia.
It’ll even make you better in the bedroom!
No one expects you to be pencil thin. Heck, it’s probably better if you’re NOT a stick figure.
The study finds that lowest risk is at a 33-inch waistline, and the higher risk starts 4 inches later — at 37 inches. So if you can keep your waistline to 36 inches or less, you’re golden.