obesity

  1. Lose weight, lower your cancer risk

    Most folks know that being overweight isn't healthy, and being obese is even worse.

    But not everyone realizes just how deep those problems can run, going well beyond the obvious conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

    For women, new research shows that obesity is a risk factor for endometrial cancer, which occurs in the innermost lining of the uterus.

    While past studies have found a correlation between weight and this type of cancer in pre-menopausal and postmenopausal women, the latest study is the first to find a risk in younger women, too – especially those who experienced early menopause.

    The study, published in the July issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, found a dramatic increase in the risk of endometrial cancer in women with a body-mass index greater than 25.

    A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is generally considered normal. A BMI of 25-29.9 is overweight, while 30 or greater is considered obese.

    The most frightening statistic concerned women with a BMI greater than 35 who were under 45 years old at the time of their last period. The researchers found that they were 22 times more likely to develop endometrial cancer than women with healthy weight levels.

    That's not just a jump in risk – that's a launch into the atmosphere. And all for something that is entirely within your control, no matter what your gender: weight.

    The risk extends to other groups of overweight women, too.

    Women with a BMI greater than 25 who had their last menstrual cycle before the age of 45 had a six-fold increase in the risk for endometrial cancer, while women who were older than 45 at the time of their last period and had a BMI greater than 35 were 3.7 times more likely to get endometrial cancer.

    In every case, those extra pounds seem to play a major role in the risk for this cancer. Researchers believe that extra weight could be creating a hormonal imbalance, which makes sense to me. Obesity can play havoc with your body on so many levels, and your hormones are one area that can suffer.

    The best thing you can do for yourself — for so many reasons — is to lose that weight. I know it's not easy, and it doesn't help when nearly every day of your life you're being given bad advice about eating.

    The low-fat Torture Chamber Diet being forced down everyone's throat is a long-term recipe for disease and obesity. It's literally killing us and making us sick in so many ways – this is just one of them.

    So if you're carrying around a few extra pounds, do something about it now – while you still can – regardless of your gender.

    That means avoiding the carbs and processed foods that have become a staple of 21st century American life. It also means getting some steady exercise. You don't have to join a health club, just make sure you get some steady movement in your life and work up a sweat a few times a week doing something you enjoy.

    While it may be tricky at first, I think you'll find it easier once you start seeing how quickly the weight comes off, and how much better you feel when it does.

  2. Don't just live longer – live better

    I know more than a few women who enjoy reminding their husbands that men have shorter lives. It can be a running joke in some marriages.

    We know that statistically, it's true – but a new study finds that while women are living longer, they're not necessarily living better, especially during those later years.

    The study, presented in May at the annual meeting of the American Geriatric Society's annual meeting, found that women have higher rates of obesity and arthritis, and a higher risk of disability as a result.

    In fact, senior women have up to 2.5 times the disability rate of men the same age. Obesity and arthritis account for nearly half of that gender gap.

    The study also found that women are more like to suffer from bronchitis, vision problems, and fractured bones.

    Men were more likely to suffer from emphysema, heart disease, heart failure, stroke and diabetes, which helps explain those shorter lives. Men are also more likely to suffer from hearing problems (or at least that's what some of them tell their wives), and walking problems due to narrowed leg arteries.

    Researchers believe that women tend to put on more weight after childbirth and menopause, starting them down a road towards obesity and disability later in life.

    The great tragedy here is that conditions like obesity and arthritis are completely within your control, whether you're a man or a woman. Unfortunately, too many people refuse to make or even recognize the lifestyle changes they need – and pay for it later on.

    Don't let that happen to you.

    You can control and even reverse arthritis by following the three simple steps I outlined in the May issue of Health Revelations – and if you subscribe now, you can read all about it by going into the online archives.

    It's a lot easier than you may think, and involves no drugs or painkillers. In fact, you can kiss that aspirin jar goodbye.

    Not only that, but when the June issue comes out you'll discover the body's fat-making switch. I'll even show you how to turn that switch off for good, wiping away obesity, heart disease and even diabetes.

    So, if you're a woman, you can live those extra years in much better shape. And if you're a man – well, then maybe you can keep up with your wife!

  3. Is that spare tire keeping your love life in the slow lane?

    We've known for some time that bigger isn't better when it comes to sex. But a new study helps illustrate how you can restore those primal urges – if you shed those pounds.

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