How Diet and Weight are Linked to Cancer Risk

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Add reducing your risk of cancer to your list of reasons to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Failing to be active, eating a poor diet, and obesity can all raise your risk of developing cancer. Obesity alone has been linked to a variety of different cancers, including endometrial, kidney, liver, prostate, esophageal, pancreatic, and ovarian cancers. When you are obese, fat tissue produces excess adipokines, estrogen, insulin, and other hormones, which can result in hormonal imbalances that promote the growth of tumors. The low-level inflammation and high stress levels that come with obesity are also associated with an increased cancer risk.

While obesity, poor diet, and lack of exercise can all increase your cancer risk, you can do something to lower your risk of cancer. Some of the best ways to reduce your risk of cancer include:

  • Eating healthy foods, focusing in getting more plant-based foods in your diet
  • Engaging in regular physical activity
  • Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight for life

To prevent cancer, start by focusing on eating a healthy diet. Eating at least six servings of various veggies and fruits each day is important. This ensures that you get a wide range of nutrients, and many of the nutrients found in fruits and vegetables help to prevent cancer. You also need to make sure you’re exercising for at least 30 minutes three to four times weekly to reduce your cancer risk. Exercise helps to reduce the risk of certain cancers and it also lowers your risk for other health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes.

By eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, you’ll also find it easier to lose excess weight and keep your weight at a healthy level for life.


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