Today, nearly 42% of American adults struggle with obesity putting them at higher risk of developing more than 13 types of cancer, including some breast cancers, colon cancer, endometrial cancer, and pancreatic cancer. Here are four reasons why weight loss can reduce your risk of cancer:
- Losing weight may decrease hormone levels such as insulin and insulin-like growth factor that can stimulate the development of colon, kidney, prostate and endometrial cancers.
- It can help reduce the risk of inflammation in your body caused by fat cells spewing proteins that stimulate cancer cells.
- Studies show that patients who have undergone bariatric surgery had a 35% lower risk of developing cancer and a 43% lower chance of dying from cancer.
- Weight loss can help you attain a better overall lifestyle, allowing you to be more active and improve mobility and cardiovascular health, lowering your risk of developing certain cancers.
It’s not too late to start your weight loss journey today. Losing even a small amount of weight has numerous health benefits and will set you on the path to living a happier, healthier, cancer-free life. At Hoag, our registered dieticians, neuropsychologists, bariatric medicine specialists, and surgeons will help identify the best weight loss method for you.
Learn more about Hoag’s Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Program at https://www.hoag.org/specialties-services/digestive-health/services/bariatric-surgery-program/.