Being fat is associated with pulmonary hypertension (PH).
But like many conditions associated with being fat, fat people have a better mortality rate than non-fat people with the same condition.
And here’s one for the boys.
Fat men with prostate cancer, after a radical prostatectomy (removal of the prostate) have a decreased risk of metastases and have better survival rates!
And for fat men with metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer (where the cancer is able to grow and spread despite hormone therapy) fatter is better. Obese men have a greater overall-survival and cancer-specific mortality than overweight and non-fat patients.
And last, but not least, a study out of Taiwan compared Asians and Caucasians with upper tract urinary cancer and found that Asian patients who were fatter (overweight and obese) had improved outcomes. The outcomes for Caucasian patients had no significant difference in the outcomes among non-fat, overweight and obese patients.
Fat people are often threatened by their healthcare providers that they will develop some fat-associated condition.
What is seldom, if ever, mentioned is what kind of outcome do the fat patients have should they develop the condition.
I think it would be a good idea for anyone on the receiving end of this kind of scare tactic from a healthcare practitioner to demand to know what are the outcomes for fat people who develop the condition. If the practitioner doesn’t know, suggest they look it up – because often fat people have better outcomes than non-fat people when it comes to conditions associated with being fat.
How many times do I have to say it people?
It’s called evolution in action!