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Eat soy in moderation to protect your health

Eat soy in moderation to protect your health

In recent years, there has been much confusion over whether soy is good or bad for your health. Some health experts say that soy products offer a number of health benefits and can contribute to weight loss, whereas others say soy can increase your risk for cancer and hormonal imbalance. Given the many different resources that highlight the pros and cons of soy, how do you know what’s really true?

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The relationship between breast cancer and obesity

The relationship between breast cancer and obesity

Seventy percent of all postmenopausal women in the US are overweight due to lack of exercise and poor nutrition, and according to BreastCancer.org, 12 percent of all American women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. Given these statistics, it’s not surprising that scientists have been able to identify a strong link between obesity and the risk for breast cancer.

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6 health conditions that might be linked to obesity

6 health conditions that might be linked to obesity

Excess weight can trigger a number of unwanted health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, heart disease, cancer, and much more. In fact, some health conditions caused by obesity tend to fly under the radar, leaving individuals in the dark as to why and how to treat these health problems.

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Bariatric surgery can lower cancer risk for some patients

Doctors have understood for some time that excess weight is associated with a number of health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and even an increased risk of cancer. As obesity continues to be a health problem in most developed countries, scientists are attempting to learn more about the relationship between weight and cancer in order to better understand exactly how excess weight encourages cancer growth. New research published in the science journal Nature helps shed some light on the exact mechanisms at work and indicates that obesity can increase the risk of liver, esophageal, pancreatic, colorectal and other cancers.

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Weight-loss surgery shown to reduce risk for cancer

In recent years, studies have linked the risk of cancer to obesity and excess weight. Obesity can trigger changes in your body's immune system, hormones, and cytokines, which are the molecules responsible for the types of harmful inflammation linked to cancer. When your body experiences one or more of these adverse effects, the risk for cancer is greater than that of a person with a normal body weight.

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