Role of Ethnic Differences in Mediators of Energy Balance

Part of the Energy Balance and Cancer book series (EBAC, volume 9)


The rapid increase in the prevalence of obesity in the USA in the past 30 years has many health implications. Obesity is strongly associated with incidence and mortality of several common cancers including post-menopausal breast cancer, renal cell cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, and endometrial cancer. Obesity patterns in the USA vary substantially by race, particularly for women, with black women having a higher prevalence of obesity than white women. Moreover, black men and women experience higher incidence and mortality for many common cancers and cardiovascular disease.


Racial differences—insulin IGF-1 Racial differences—adiponectin Racial differences—leptin Racial differences—sex steroid hormones Racial differences—inflammation 


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  1. 1.EpidStat Institute2100 Commonwealth Blvd, Suite 203Ann ArborUSA
  2. 2.Division of Epidemiology, Department of MedicineVanderbilt-Ingram Cancer CenterNashvilleUSA

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