Risk of endometrial cancer significantly reduced by reducing weight and getting active



Maintaining a healthy weight and keeping physically active is believed to offset endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus) according to some new research from the US

The researchers estimate that 59% of the cases of endometrial cancer could be prevented if women engaged in physical activity for at least 30 minutes per day and maintained a healthy body weight, with a body mass index (BMI) from 18.5 to 25.0 kg/m², which is the lower end of the normal range

Increasing evidence has suggested a link between cancer risk and physical activity and body weight. Physical activity and a healthy body weight have been associated with a reduced risk for a number of cancers, including breast, prostrate and colon  and now is seems cancer of the endometrium can be too. 

The researchers also found that a diet with a high glycaemic load, such as lots of sugary drinks and processed foods high in carbohydrates boosted the risk of developing the disease.  Coffee consumption is also associated with a reduced risk for endometrial cancer. Although too much caffeine can affect sleep quality and have other detrimental effects, this study shows that moderate amounts of coffee can be part of a healthy diet.  Drinking decaffeinated coffee was also protective.


The Endometrial Cancer 2013 Report, which was published by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF) documents this research



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