A new study (published by Johns Hopkins University and published in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention journal) has revealed that breast cancer survivors gain weight faster than others who have not suffered from this disease.
This is a worry as previous studies have shown that breast cancer survivors who subsequently gained weight were more susceptible to the cancer returning.
What did the study show?
The study was primarily done on women who were currently undertaking chemotherapy or had an oestrogen negative disease.
This would likely lead to an increase in insulin resistance and inflammation that could negatively disrupt their metabolic rate, that would subsequently affect their weight. Likely causing weight gain.
Another study produced similar results with women being treated with chemotherapy 2.1 times more likely to gain a minimum of 8 pounds between follow-up appointments.
Exercise could help
Breast cancer is not the only risk of weight gain, you are also putting yourself at a higher risk of developing a host of other issues including heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Luckily there are ways that you can combat the weight gain.
One is obviously by watching your diet, while research at the Alberta Health Services has shown that just 4 hours of exercise every week could help to ensure significant weight loss results, with a reduction in adipose fat and an overall improvement in your health.
What else could raise the risk?
There are several factors that could raise the risk of you developing cancer. These include:
- Physical activity levels
- Your BMI
- Family history
Research has also indicated that the amount of time you spend sitting also had a part to play, with those who spent a lot of time sat down at a greater risk of developing cancer.