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Dec 4, 2013

Supporting a Healthy Immune Response Through Diet and Exercise May Prevent Cancer Progression.

It is estimated that 180,000 women are diagnosed with Breast cancer within the United States each year

It is estimated that 180,000 women are diagnosed with Breast cancer within the United States each year.  Most diagnoses are determined at the localized stage, which means an estimated 5 year survival rate of 96%. With current technologies finding cancer in earlier stages along comes increased hope for higher survival rates. As technology is an asset for this cancer however, certain factors can predispose an individual to complications throughout the treatment. This includes co-morbidity rates, which are the simultaneous presence of two chronic diseases or conditions in a patient,  such as diabetes, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and most notably, obesity. Obesity is pervasive epidemic that contributes to complications throughout cancer treatments and recovery.

Luckily, obesity is manageable.  In a recent study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, the effects of a weight loss intervention on body mass, fitness, and inflammatory biomarkers in overweight or obese breast cancer survivors was reviewed. During the study participants were enrolled in a 16 week long diet and fitness regime that promoted weight loss. At the end of the 16 weeks, the intervention group had many favorable outcomes compared to the control groups. The intervention group not only lost more weight, but also showed changes at a molecular level. What researchers particularly reported was an improvement in IL-6, an important gene involved in tissue cell mending and immune response, both very important aspects of cancer recovery.

Conclusively, reversing obesity among cancer survivors not only reduces weight between individuals, but also reduces inflammation and supports a health immune response which may influence the risk of cancer progression

For more information please visit: Effects of a Weight Loss Intervention on Body Mass, Fitness, and Inflammatory Biomarkers in Overweight or Obese Breast Cancer Survivors