March 27, 2012

From Momentum magazine: Tipping the scales toward cancer?

by Carole Bartoo

Timothy Zeien had quite a list of concerns surrounding his weight – but cancer was not among them. At 230 pounds, the 64-year-old had type 2 diabetes and was taking cholesterol- and blood pressure-lowering medications.

In February 2011, Zeien made a major decision: to undergo a bariatric procedure called gastric sleeving. He says doctors had been encouraging him to do something for a long time, but he became serious about it when he and his wife moved to Tennessee to help their daughter, a pediatric emergency physician at Vanderbilt, with her children.

I was huffing and puffing up all these hills around here, and I thought ‘I don’t want to be a burden on my wife or children,’” Zeien said. “I’d like to see my grandchildren grow up, and I want to be a help.”

While cancer may not have been on Zeien’s list of concerns, experts say it should have been.

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