Uterine Cancer and Weight Loss
Today in the United States, more than two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese. The approximate medical cost of obesity is $147-$210 billion per year. Obesity also costs companies another $4.3 billion per year due to lower job productivity.
Now there is another great reason to loose weight. Weight loss is associated to a lower risk of uterine or endometrium cancer. Endometrial cancer is one of the most common kinds of gynecologic cancer. More than 75% of this cancer happens to women over the age of 55. Obese women who loose 5% of their body weight lowers her risk of uterine cancer by 56%. Women over 50 who loose 5% or more of their body weight lowers her risk of uterine cancer by 29%. Obese women who loose weight do show the greatest reduction in uterine cancer risk. Women who gain more than 10 pounds increased their risk of uterine cancer by 26%. It is never too late to loose weight to lower your risk of this cancer and some weight loss is also beneficial.
The best way to maintain a healthy weight is through regular exercise and eating a healthy diet. Increase fruits and veggies and decrease processed foods and anything made with sugar. Bread and pasta are high in carbohydrates that all turn to sugar and make you gain weight. Stick to lean proteins like fish or chicken and cut back on your consumption of red meat.