A little weight loss goes a long way

Forget about grandiose weight loss goals and start thinking small for big results. According to a new study published in the journal Cancer Research, overweight, pre-menopausal women who shed just 5% of their body fat have a better chance of decreasing their cancer risks, no matter how much they weigh.

Being overweight or obese has long been associated with an increased risk of many cancers. In fact, an estimated 1 out of every 3 cancer deaths in the U.S is linked to inactivity or being overweight. What hasn’t always been known is why? Many experts believe that inflammation may be one of the possible culprits.

“We think that the inflammation produced in fat tissue and released into the blood stream might be, in part, responsible for the consistent associations seen between obesity and cancer,” said Dr. Anne McTiernan, co-author of the study and director of the Prevention Center at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Four hundred overweight women were divided into three groups – one group exercised, one restricted calories and the third group combined both. Researchers then examined the effects of these lifestyle changes on two biomarker proteins; C-reactive protein, which elevates when there is inflammation in your body, and Interleukin-6 which your body produces to regulate immune functions.

The women who both dieted and exercised experienced the biggest reductions in inflammation with close to a 42% decrease in their C-reactive protein and a drop of just over 24% in their Interleukin-6. The diet only group saw substantial changes as well. However, women who only exercised saw little to no change on their inflammation biomarkers. McTiernan believes this may be because exercising without dietary modifications does not produce the greatest fat loss results.  

Even minor body fat loses seems to influence risk, which is good news for everyone out there struggling with their weight.

4 Responses to A little weight loss goes a long way

  • Cara – Happy to see the book out 🙂

    Looking forward to talking further about

    Get moving, its that simple, no need to kill yourself. Cara I took a lady out the other day for a 15min walk with our poles and she was floored in how much she felt — sweat, breathing slight increase, heart rate slight increase 12b/m, arms and abs all form the walk…

    I think you have my phone number from Cindy’s breast cancer LinkedIn maybe….

  • caranovy says:

    Terry, I know first hand how wonderful these poles can be. For anyone who has consider using them I highly recommend you check out this site: http://www.balancewalking.com/

  • Kristyn says:

    R these poles the same as Nordic Walking Sticks? And have u figured out how to use them and walk the dog at the same time? :). Loved ur post!

    • caranovy says:

      Kristyn these poles are similar. As far as I know only women who have mastered putting on lipstick, drinking coffee and talking on a cell phone while driving have been able to walk their dog at the same time!

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