Women with normal weight who have high blood sugar, low levels of good cholesterol, and high blood pressure may be at greater risk of colon cancer.
Colon cancer, otherwise known colorectal cancer, starts in the colon or rectum, a part of the large intestine.
It begins in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids.
The study, which involved normal-weight postmenopausal women, aged 50 to 79, was carried out by research scientists at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, US.
Research showed that older women of normal weight with metabolic risk factors had a 49 percent increased risk of cancer of the colon.
The study revealed that identifying at-risk individuals by their metabolic type could help prevent these cancers and detect them at an earlier stage, WebMD reports.
Juhua Luo, the study’s senior author, advised that each person should know their metabolic health, “even if your weight is normal.”
Candyce Kroenke, a research scientist at Kaiser Permanente Northern California and a study co-author, said it was important for individuals to their body mass index “to assess health risks.
The study also suggests that other factors beyond weight may be independently associated with colon cancer.
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