New research by Imperial College London has found that a high BMI and type 2 diabetes is the source of almost 6% of all cancers across the globe.
The research, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, also found that higher BMIs and type 2 diabetes were more prevalently found in Western countries.
Lead researcher Dr. Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard said: “Our study shows that diabetes, either on its own or combined with being overweight, is responsible for hundreds of thousands of cancer cases each year across the world.”
The researchers at Imperial College London have also been encouraging of the World Health Organisation’s efforts to help combat rates of obesity and diabetes.
The WHO has already published information regarding the link between meat and cancer, demonstrating the toxic effects that meat can have on the human body.
With obesity and diabetes highest in countries where there is high meat and dairy consumption, it is not surprising that organisations are now working to encourage populations to edge away from their previous diet.
Meat has also been proven to encourage the development of heart disease, another major killer within the Western world.