Being a woman and obese, your situation is already bad enough. The chances that you’ll develop breast cancer are far greater than they are for your husband, who is neither female nor overweight, or for your sister, who although female, falls in the normal-weight range. But now they’re telling you that it’s going to get worse, that your size is going to affect more than the possibility of prognosis; it’s going to affect the disease itself.
A study of more than 600 women with breast cancer found that those who were obese were more likely to have a rare form of the disease or, at the very least, a more aggressive form. They were also more likely to die within the five and ten year increments of the study. The situation, although less severe, was true for overweight women as well. It is believed that the excess fat tissues increase inflammation, thus fueling the disease.
The best way to be then is normal weight. If you are obese or overweight, work to lessen the pounds. Adopt healthier habits now so that if a diagnosis is in your future, it will, hopefully, be a less deadly one. And if you have already been diagnosed, do not think that it is too late to lose weight. It’s not. Adopt those same healthy habits, altering the balanced diet and exercise to fit your situation. There are many different workouts designed for women with breast cancer, which may not only help you achieve a normal weight but enable you to cope more ably with the disease as well.
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