New scientific evidence revealed that regular exercise as well as maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce your risk of endometrial cancer. According to HealthDay News, three of every five new cases of the cancer can be prevented with physical activity.
Researchers predict that about 59 percent of endometrial cancer cases in the U.S. can be prevented if women made sure to exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. The 29,500 cases per year could also be prevented by avoiding excess body fat, the article stated.
"Body fat can produce hormones that promote cancer development," Alice Bender, nutrition communications manager for the American Institute for Cancer Research told HealthDay News. "We also know that body fat is linked to chronic inflammation, which produces an environment that encourages cancer development."
Diet choices can decrease risk
Not only can exercise and a healthy weight keep your risk of endometrial cancer low, but some everyday diet choices can also have an effect on diminishing your risk. Drinking one cup of coffee a day can reduce your risk of endometrial cancer by about 7 percent, according to the study. It also does not matter if it is caffeinated or decaf coffee, as long as it's coffee.
You should also be aware that consuming high-glycemic-index foods will increase your risk by 15 percent for every 50 units of glycemic "load." Foods that are high-glycemic-index foods are sugary items and processed grains.
The reason that all of these things have an influence over your risk of developing endometrial cancer are because of hormones like estrogen and insulin that some researchers think may be the cause of the cancer.
There are approximately 49,600 new cases of endometrial cancer every year and the majority of those diagnosed are in individuals over age 60, the source reported. However, of all the cancers connected to obesity, many think endometrial has the strongest connection.
"Obesity is associated with increased estrogen production by the adipose [fat] tissue in postmenopausal women, and is associated with increased insulin and insulin resistance as well as chronic inflammation," Dr. Elisa Bandera, associate profession of epidemiology at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey told the source. "All of these factors affect the cells in the endometrium."
The proper weight loss nutrition can help you maintain a healthy weight, avoid excess body fat and decrease your risk of developing endometrial cancer.
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