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How to Break the Link Between Obesity and Cancer

How to Break the Link Between Obesity and Cancer

Lower your risk of obesity and cancer with these expert tips.

Unfortunately, for half of you, no amount of evidence has convinced you that there’s a connection between excess weight and cancer, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. You’re missing the link!

Excess weight is definitely linked to cancers of the colon and rectum, esophagus, kidney, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, ovary, endometrium, breast and thyroid, as well as meningioma and multiple myeloma. There’s also evidence that prostate cancer, breast cancer in men, and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma are associated with excess body fat.

Plus, if you’ve had cancer, excess weight increases the risk of recurrence and of associated death.

So make sure you’re linked up to smart, obesity- and cancer-fighting choices.

  1. Cut out processed and red meats, along with added sugars and syrups and processed grains. Eat seven to nine servings of fruits and veggies daily.
  2. Get 30 minutes of exercise five days a week and two, 20- to 30-minute strength-training sessions weekly. Keep track of your exercise with the Sharecare app for iOS and Android.
  3. Control your stress response with daily meditation and enough sleep (seven to eight hours nightly).

Medically reviewed in September 2019.

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