Women, Weight Loss and Cancer Risk

One of the big findings from AICR’s new report is that excess body fat increases a woman’s risk of endometrial cancer. Research already shows that being overweight increases risk of other cancers, such as post-menopausal breast and colorectal.Woman's Feet on a Scale

Maintaining a healthy body weight plays a key role in good health for both men and women – but as women, there are unique obstacles we face that can make weight loss a bit harder. Here are a few weight challenges I’ve seen women face and ways to overcome them.

  • Calorie needs. Women generally have a slower metabolism (due to differences in body build) compared to men. For example, the calorie needs for a sedentary, 35 year-old women who is 150 pounds and 5’5” inches tall are about 1,800 per day, while those for a man of the same age, height and weight are about 2,000 calories per day.

Overcome it by making healthier choices at restaurants (swap the fries or mashed potatoes for steamed vegetables) and keep portions in check. Recognize everyone has different calorie needs – eat based on your own hunger and fullness, not based on what others are eating. Continue reading


Coffee Linked to Reduced Endometrial Cancer Risk

Love your morning cup of Joe? There’s been a lot of research in recent years looking at the potential cancer risk benefits of drinking coffee.

One of the most recent investigations that suggest coffee may offer cancer protection focused on endometrial cancer. Published in December, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health evaluated the evidence on coffee and endometrial cancer risk. The review looked at a total of 16 population studies with 6,628 cases of endometrial cancer.

The results are promising for coffee drinkers: the authors found a 29 percent reduced risk for developing endometrial cancer when comparing individuals who drank the most coffee compared to those who drank the least. The researchers reported an 8 percent decrease in risk for each cup of coffee consumed daily.  You can read more about the study here.

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