Weight loss has many potential benefits including, newly published research suggests, lowering the risk of certain types of cancers. While many studies have linked obesity to incrementally increasing cancer risks, few have taken the time to examine the effect of losing weight. It appears now that a small percentage of weight loss may in fact yield a significant percentage reduction in one’s overall risks. This particular study in an oncology journal, looked at older women’s risks of developing cancer of the uterus. The optimistic findings suggest that even late in life weight loss may improve health and lower cancer risks. The research does not present a picture of a clear cause and effect relationship between cancer and lowering body weight. It does however add further evidence of the benefits of weight loss in disease prevention.

Key Points:

  • 1Many older adults think it’s too late to benefit from weight loss, or think that because they are overweight or obese, the damage has already been done.
  • 2It’s never too late, and even moderate weight loss can make a big difference when it comes to cancer risk
  • 3Women over 50 who lost 5 percent or more of their body weight had a 29 percent lower risk of endometrial cancer


Women over 50 who lost 5 percent or more of their body weight had a 29 percent lower risk of endometrial cancer, regardless of their age or how much weight they lost, according to the researchers.

Read the full article at: https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_163436.html

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