Since I’ve devoted this week to the dangers of an ultra-processed Standard American Diet, let me remind you just how easy it is to dodge some of the deadliest diagnoses out there…
Maintaining a healthy weight will slash your risk of any number of chronic diseases—not least of all, cancer.
Thanks to the obesity epidemic, this dreaded disease is striking earlier than ever. And as you may recall, research also shows that substantial weight gain in adulthood puts you at significant risk.
But now, a large new study shows that this lethal effect is reversible—at least, if you’re an older woman trying to avoid breast cancer. And all you have to do is lose weight.
Bigger losses, greater benefit
We already know that obesity is a risk factor for breast cancer after menopause. But what hasn’t been clear is whether dropping weight after 50 is enough to mitigate this risk… until now, that is.
This analysis looked at data from ten prospective studies, featuring more than 180,000 women over the age of 50. Researchers looked at weight changes over the course of a decade, using assessments upon enrollment, after five years, and then again four years later.
Ultimately, they found that women who managed sustained weight loss enjoyed a lower risk of breast cancer than women who didn’t—and not surprisingly, the larger the loss, the greater the reduction.
Compared to women whose weight didn’t change:
- Women who lost between five and ten pounds enjoyed a 13 percent lower risk
- Women who lost between ten and 20 pounds enjoyed a 16 percent lower risk
- Women who lost more than 20 pounds enjoyed more than a 25 percent lower risk
And in this last group, at least, that benefit persisted even if they gained some (but not all) of the weight back.
The last diet you’ll ever go on
I probably don’t have to explain why this message is so important. But I will: For average-risk women, breast cancer concerns don’t really come to the forefront until you’re 50 years old. (Though let me remind you that weight loss benefits high-risk women too.)
This means that even if you’ve tried and failed to lose weight in the past, it’s not too late to reap the benefits (and protections) of success. You just need to find a strategy that works for you.
Of course, that’s where the trouble starts for most people—especially if they’re listening to mainstream nutrition advice, which couldn’t counsel its way out of a paper bag.
Luckily, you have me to step in when the rest of the “experts” drop the ball. For the last 30 years, I’ve helped countless patients lose the weight and keep it off. And whether this is your first or fiftieth time trying, I can help you, too.
Reading these e-letters is a good place to start. But for more in-depth discussion every month, consider subscribing to my newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives, too. And if you haven’t read my A-List Diet book yet… well, pick up your copy today—and get started on the last diet you’ll ever go on.
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“Large study links sustained weight loss to reduced breast cancer risk: Results show that higher breast cancer risk from excess body weight can be reversed with weight loss.” Science Daily, 12/17/2019. (sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191217073749.htm)