Fit @ 40+: Obese Older Women = Increased Breast Cancer

BreastC2I’ve often heard people say, “I can’t wait until I get older, so I can eat what I want.” That’s supposed to be the big  payoff for longevity–the freedom to live.

Or die.

A recent study published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association of Cancer Research,  said obese perimenopausal women might be able to mitigate their risk for postmenopausal break cancer by trimming down and continuing to do the things to control the metabolic effects of obesity.

“Obese postmenopausal women have increased risk for breast cancer and poorer clinical outcomes compared with postmenopausal women who are lean,” said Paul S. MacLean, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center in Aurora, Colo.

Okay, so this may seem obvious. Obesity has an adverse impact on your body, creating effects that can mean myriad troubles, most of them related to cardiovascular health.

It’s not a stretch that these adverse affects might affect your body in other ways, such as making it more susceptible to other ailments, including breast cancer.

During menopause, women tend to eat more than their bodies need, resulting in weight game and in some cases, obesity.

If you are experiencing menopause, be mindful of this and manage your diet to compensate.

It just may save your life.


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