Sunday, October 6, 2013

Guess What May Cause Throat Cancer? Your Belt

My opinion: This study appears to point out some other factors that would lead to the same consequences as a tight belt.  For example, I could see this happening in people who suck in their stomachs a lot or who wear tummy-tuckers.  What's more, the risk of throat cancer probably increases if people constrict their stomachs while eating.  Maybe these belts aren't the most necessarily, but for those who want to wear them, perhaps it is best to take them off or replace them during meals?  Any other potential solutions?  Feel free to comment.

Tight Belts Linked To Increased Throat Cancer Risk: Constricted Waistbands Can Lead To Acid Reflux, Damage Cells

Woman wearing tight belt
(Colin Rose, CC BY-SA 2.0)  Tight belts and constricting waistbands may increase your risk of throat cancer.
Whether you wear a belt to make your pants fit or to make a fashion statement, wearing a tight belt is found to increase your risk of throat cancer, according to a recent study. Researchers from Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities and Southern General Hospital in Scotland examined how abdominal pressure from wearing a tight belt or waistband increases the odds of acid reflux after food consumption.
Twenty-four participants, half with normal waist sizes and half who were overweight, were the sample size for the small study. The participants had no prior history of acid reflux and were overall healthy. The researchers asked the participants to swallow a specially designed probe that took measurements both before and after each participant had eaten a meal. The measurements were taken while the volunteers were wearing a tight belt and when they were not wearing a belt.
All of the participants involved in the study reported experiencing a partial hiatus hernia and acid reflux, according to the Daily Record. “Wearing a tight belt, especially if you are overweight, puts strain on the valve between the stomach and the gullet,” Kenneth McColl, lead researcher of the study and professor at Glasgow University’s Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, told the Daily Record. The added pressure on the valve causes the stomach acid to leak upwards into the throat and ultimately produces acid reflux.


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