Risk factor for breast cancer
17 May 2017
A decrease in total body fat has a greater effect on a reduction of sex hormones that are associated with breast cancer than a decrease in abdominal fat alone.
This underlines the importance of a healthy weight and physical exercise for overweight women. This has been shown in a trial among post-menopausal women by Dr. Evelyn Monninkhof, epidemiologist at the Julius Center of University Medical Center Utrecht. In 2016, over 13,500 women aged over 50 contracted breast cancer in the Netherlands.
"The study has shown that it is not a decrease in abdominal fat that is the key factor for reducing the risk of breast cancer due to hormones produced by the body, but rather a decrease in total body fat. This includes, for example, hip fat," Monninkhof explains.
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