Connection found between body fat and risk of breast cancer

Connection found between body fat and risk of breast cancer

Not only a reduction of the amount of abdominal fat, but a decrease in the percentage of body fat over the entire body, according to researchers are important to breast cancer prevention.

According to research from the UMC Utrecht that Wednesday is presented.

During the study were 243 women with overweight just after the transition is followed. In a period of sixteen weeks fell 195 women between five and six pounds. The other 48 women remained on equal weight.

After the sixteen weeks could, according to the researchers, a link is demonstrated between a decrease in body fat, and a favorable development in medical factors with breast cancer related. Only a decrease in the amount of abdominal fat, according to the research also have a beneficial effect. Especially in the decline of so-called ontstekingsmarkers, which, for example, be associated with heart disease.


“The research has shown that lowering the risk of breast cancer using the body’s own hormones, not a decrease in belly fat is most important, but especially the total body fat. For example, so also the heupvet,” explains lead researcher Evelyn Monninkhhof.

“Our next step is to examine how women abdominal fat and their total body fat the best can tackle. We want to know what programs in the field of nutrition and exercise is the best for their work. So they can the risk of breast cancer is lower,” said Monninkhof.

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