Inactivity, high calorie diet increase breast cancer

June 22, 2005 in Cancer Prevention, Nutrition Topics in the News, Women's Health

Inactivity, high calorie diet increase breast cancer

New study findings have found that the combination of eating too much and a lack of exercise significantly increases a womenís risk of breast cancer, especially in postmenopausal women.

To investigate, researchers from Meharry Medical College in Tennessee interviewed over 3000 participants about activity level and eating habits, half of whom had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Researchers found that women who were inactive and followed a high calorie diet were more than twice as likely to develop breast cancer than women who were lean and active. After menopause, the risk of cancer increased by nearly five-fold.

These study findings suggest it is the combination of inactivity and a high calorie diet that puts women at risk. Women who were relatively overweight and were active did not appear to have a higher risk, just as inactive women who were lean were also not at a higher risk.

Researchers conclude that these study findings should serve as a reminder to women about the importance of eating healthy and regular physical activity to fight disease.

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