In a new research made by an international team of scientists discovered that women who carry a breast cancer gene can reduce their risk of developing cancer by attaining a healthy bodyweight.
Now, the findings don’t provide guidance for those who don’t have genetic mutations and don’t indicate a link between dieting and exercise with lowering breast cancer risk, they just support the idea that weight and breast cancer are linked in some way, maybe through hormones that interact with gene mutations when a woman puts on weight.
The research was done with over 1000 women from five different countries. The results showed that women with a mutation in the BRCA1 gene who lost at least 10 pounds between the ages of 18 and 30 were 65 percent were less likely to develop breast cancer between 30 and 40 years of age. But those who gained 10 pounds between 18 and 30 -- were 44 percent more likely to get breast cancer.
It is said that it's unclear whether the findings mean much for any women beyond the small number with the genetic mutations. But, the research did show that weight gain raises the risk of breast cancer.
This research, as well as any other about weight and health, recommends that all women should strive for a healthy weight in order to maintain good mental and physical health.