Healthy Cholesterol May Lower Cancer Risk
HDL 'Good' Cholesterol Associated With Reduced Risk for Cancer
Bad Cholesterol: Cancer Risk Factor? continued...
Robinson also notes it is unclear whether high HDL may be protective or if low HDL may indicate risk of disease. “Low HDL levels may simply be a reflection of chronic conditions that increase inflammation and insulin resistance, which may directly influence atherosclerosis and carcinogenesis,” she writes.
Separately, the researchers conducted a secondary analysis of the same data to look at the impact of other cancer risk factors -- age and body mass index (BMI), a measurement of height and weight. Both factors have also been linked to cancer risk. Karas and his team found a significant and direct association between both age and BMI and cancer; every five-year increase in age was associated with a 33% relatively higher cancer rate, and every 1 kg/m2 increase in BMI was associated with a 21% relatively higher cancer rate. The findings affirm the notion that age and weight influence cancer risk.