Research shows that those who are overweight are at higher risk of developing cancer, but how or why fat promotes cancer development is not known.
Not all fat is created equal when it comes to how our overall health is impacted. Visceral fat, also referred to as visceral adipose tissue (or VAT), is the fat that accumulates in the abdomen and around our vital organs. Medical science sometimes refers to this type of fat as “active fat” because unlike the fat just under our skin, it is “metabolically active, secreting large numbers of adipokines, cytokines, and growth factors.”
Scientists are investigating which factors in VAT might promote cancer development in mice. The researchers sampled VAT tissue from women who had undergone a hysterectomy and found that when the fat tissue had higher secretions of a specific protein, more cells went on to form cancer tumors when transplanted into mice. Read more here.