If you needed another good reason to start exercising and improving your diet, a new study provides excellent motivation. Researchers have found that a combination of diet-induced weight loss and increased exercise significantly reduces inflammation associated with higher cancer risk. Quoting from a piece about the study in Science News:
Shedding weight can knock down levels of inflammatory cells and proteins in the body, a new study shows. Since chronic inflammation is a risk factor for many cancers, the new findings suggest weight loss might reduce cancer risk.
But the inflammation reduction only came with weight loss from dieting. People who embarked on an exercise-only program failed to lower their inflammatory load substantially, despite losing several pounds in many cases. The report appears in the May 1 Cancer Research.
“This is very promising,” says Gloria Ho, a cancer epidemiologist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. “This is a good study showing that if you reduce body weight you can actually lower these inflammatory markers.”
Read the entire article at Science News.