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weigth loss and cancerTUESDAY, Jan. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Endometrial cancer patients are much more likely to die if they're overweight and physically inactive, a new study finds.

Researchers looked at how body-mass index (a measure of body fat based on height and weight) and physical activity levels were tied to survival in 1,400 women with endometrial cancer, which affects the lining of the uterus.

Patients with a BMI of between 25 to 29.9 (considered overweight) were 74 percent more likely to die within five years of diagnosis than patients with a healthy BMI of between 18.5 to 24.9. The risk of death was 84 percent higher for women with a BMI of 30 to 34.9 and 135 percent for those with a BMI of 35 or higher.

However, regardless of BMI, women who did more than seven hours a week of moderate to vigorous physical activity before they were diagnosed with endometrial cancer were 36 percent less likely to die within five years compared to women who never or rarely exercised.

Further research is needed to understand how weight and physical activity influence survival, but these factors may affect tumor progression through insulin resistance, circulating hormone levels and inflammation, the Yale School of Public Health researchers said.

"This study provides new evidence that a healthy body-mass index and higher physical activity levels are associated with better endometrial cancer survival," lead researcher Hannah Arem, a doctoral candidate at the School of Public Health and a pre-doctoral research fellow in the division of cancer epidemiology and genetics at the U.S. National Cancer Institute, said in a Yale news release.

"While all women are encouraged to maintain a healthy body weight and to exercise, women at high risk of endometrial cancer may be particularly motivated by these findings," Arem added.

The study was published online Jan. 7 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

About 42,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with endometrial cancer each year, and nearly 8,000 die from it.

While the study found an association between body weight and physical activity with death risk in women with endometrial cancer, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.  If you would like to talk to us about losing a few pounds for a better you, click here.

Drinking more water, so that you are certain that you are getting enough daily to keep you hydrated and your body functioning properly, is especially important when you are trying to achieve weight loss and keep the weight off. Lizette Borelli, a senior editor at Medical Daily, has this to say about water and weight loss:


Emotional eating can sabotage your weight-loss efforts.

Sometimes the strongest cravings for food happen when you're at your weakest point emotionally. You may turn to food for comfort — consciously or unconsciously — when you're facing a difficult problem, stress or just looking to keep yourself occupied.

But emotional eating can sabotage your weight-loss efforts. Emotional eating often leads to eating too much, especially too much of high-calorie, sweet, fatty foods. But the good news is that if you're prone to emotional eating, you can take steps to regain control of your eating habits and get back on track with your weight-loss goals.

The connection between mood, food and weight loss:

Emotional eating is eating as a way to suppress or soothe negative emotions, such as stress, anger, fear, boredom, sadness and loneliness. Both major life events and the hassles of daily life can trigger negative emotions that lead to emotional eating and disrupt your weight-loss efforts. These triggers may include:

  • Unemployment
  • Financial pressure
  • Health problems
  • Relationship conflicts
  • Work stress
  • Bad weather
  • Fatigue

Although some people actually eat less in the face of strong emotions, if you're in emotional distress you may turn to impulsive or binge eating — you may rapidly eat whatever's convenient, without even enjoying it. In fact, your emotions may become so tied to your eating habits that you automatically reach for a sweet treat whenever you're angry or stressed without stopping to think about what you're doing.

Food also serves as a distraction. If you're worried about an upcoming event or stewing over a conflict, for instance, you may focus on eating comfort food instead of dealing with the painful situation.

Whatever emotions drive you to overeat, the end result is often the same. The emotions return, and you may also now bear the additional burden of guilt about setting back your weight-loss goal. This can also lead to an unhealthy cycle — your emotions trigger you to overeat, you beat yourself up for getting off your weight-loss track, you feel badly, and you overeat again.

Tips to get your weight-loss efforts back on track:

Although negative emotions can trigger emotional eating, you can take steps to control cravings and renew your effort at weight loss. To help stop emotional eating, try these tips:

  • Tame your stress. If stress contributes to your emotional eating, try a stress management technique, such as yoga, meditation or relaxation.
  • Have a hunger reality check. Is your hunger physical or emotional? If you ate just a few hours ago and don't have a rumbling stomach, you're probably not really hungry. Give the craving a little time to pass.
  • Keep a food diary. Write down what you eat, how much you eat, when you eat, how you're feeling when you eat and how hungry you are. Over time, you may see patterns emerge that reveal the connection between mood and food.
  • Get support. You're more likely to give in to emotional eating if you lack a good support network. Lean on family and friends or consider joining a support group.
  • Fight boredom. Instead of snacking when you're not truly hungry, distract yourself. Take a walk, watch a movie, play with your cat, listen to music, read, surf the Internet or call a friend.
  • Take away temptation. Don't keep supplies of comfort foods in your home if they're hard for you to resist. And if you feel angry or blue, postpone your trip to the grocery store until you're sure that you have your emotions in check.
  • Don't deprive yourself. When you're trying to achieve a weight-loss goal, you may limit your calories too much, eat the same foods frequently and banish the treats you enjoy. This may just serve to increase your food cravings, especially in response to emotions. Let yourself enjoy an occasional treat and get plenty of variety to help curb cravings.
  • Snack healthy. If you feel the urge to eat between meals, choose a low-fat, low-calorie snack, such as fresh fruit, vegetables with fat-free dip, or unbuttered popcorn. Or try low-fat, lower calorie versions of your favorite foods to see if they satisfy your craving.
  • Get enough sleep. If you're constantly tired, you might snack to try to give yourself an energy boost. Take a nap or go to bed earlier instead.
  • Seek therapy. If you've tried self-help options but you still can't get control of your emotional eating, consider therapy with a professional mental health provider. Therapy can help you understand the motivations behind your emotional eating and help you learn new coping skills. Therapy can also help you discover whether you may have an eating disorder, which is sometimes connected to emotional eating.

If you have an episode of emotional eating, forgive yourself and start fresh the next day. Try to learn from the experience and make a plan for how you can prevent it in the future. Focus on the positive changes you're making in your eating habits and give yourself credit for making changes that'll lead to better health.

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Does achieving lasting weight loss have a "best before" date?  Researchers say a definite "yes."

The longer a person is overweight, the higher the risk of the obesity becoming "irreversible", according to researchers from the University of Michigan and the National Council of Science and Technology (COINCET) in Argentina.

The new study, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation and conducted on mice, revealed that the longer the animals were overweight, the less likely they were to shed the excess weight.

According to the report, the obesity in mice eventually replaces the "normal" body weight, making the mice's "normal" weight higher than before, regardless of whether they were put on diets which previously worked to lose the pounds.

Malcolm J. Low, M.D., Ph.D., professor of molecular and integrative physiology and internal medicine, said:

"Our model demonstrates that obesity is in part a self-perpetuating disorder and the results further emphasize the importance of early intervention in childhood to try to prevent the condition whose effects can last a lifetime.

Our new animal model will be used in pinpointing the reasons why most adults find it exceedingly difficult to maintain meaningful weight loss from dieting and exercise alone."

Globally, over 500 million adults and 43 million kids below the age of 5 are obese, and obesity-related sicknesses are the top preventable causes of death. Obese individuals have a much higher chance of developing hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.

One of the most helpful tools involved in the study was the new model of "obesity-programmed" mice, because it was easy to monitor the animals at different stages of the study, and at different ages simply by turning a switch which controlled their appetite.

Flipping the switch when the mice had just finished weaning stopped the mice from eating too much and kept them from becoming obese. Also, mice that managed to stay at a normal weight until they were young adults only by means of dieting were able to keep their normal weight even when dieting had stopped. On the other hand, when mice were fed too much, and had early onsets of obesity, they were never able to get back to their original weight, even when they did not eat as much or exercised more.

The results of the study pave the way for questions to be asked regarding whether long-term success rates of not eating many calories and taking part in rigorous exercise is really effective.

Low concluded:

"Somewhere along the way, if obesity is allowed to continue, the body appears to flip a switch that re-programs to a heavier set weight. The exact mechanisms that cause this shift are still unknown and require much further study that will help us better understand why the regaining of weight seems almost unavoidable."
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The role of Vitamin D in overall good health is a hot topic right now, and many in the medical community are including supplements as treatment for physical and mental health complaints.  How important is Vitamin D to overall health generally and to achieve weight loss in particular?


Dietitian and writer Ana Johnson says this about Vitamin D in her article from healthyeating.sfgate.com:


"Although there is no magic pill for weight loss, vitamin D does play a role in maintaining a healthy weight. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means it is stored in your body’s fat cells. The link between vitamin D and weight has not been completely explored by researchers and is not fully understood, but several studies have shown a connection between vitamin D status and weight.


Obesity and Vitamin D

Many overweight people are deficient in vitamin D, but it is unclear if the weight caused the deficiency or if the deficiency led to the weight gain. A 2000 study published in the "Journal of Clinical Nutrition" found that obese participants had significantly lower levels of vitamin D in their blood. Researchers theorize that vitamin D may get trapped in the fat cells or that obese people may be lacking sufficient vitamin D in the diet.

Vitamin D and Weight Loss

A rstudy presented at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting followed 38 overweight men and women on an 11-week diet plan. Subjects with higher levels of vitamin D at the beginning of the diet were more successful at losing weight overall. Vitamin D levels also predicted a greater loss of abdominal fat, but the exact mechanism for how vitamin D influences weight loss is still unclear.

Weight Loss

People trying to lose weight or who are overweight should get their vitamin D levels checked. Difficulty losing weight can be a sign of vitamin D deficiency. If you are deficient, a doctor may give you up to 10,000 international units to help normalize your levels. The recommended amount per day is 600 IUs for most people, an amount that can be found in most multivitamins. The best way to naturally increase your vitamin D level is to get outside. Just 10 to 15 minutes of direct sunlight can give you all the vitamin D you need.

High Levels of Vitamin D and Weight Loss

Although vitamin D may help with weight loss, it is not recommended to take excessive vitamin D in an attempt to lose those extra pounds. Because vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin stored in the fat cells, high doses may lead to toxicity. The upper limit of vitamin D is 4,000 IUs. Signs of vitamin D toxicity include nausea, vomiting, and weakness. As with most vitamins, more is not always better."  As always, before deciding to take Vit D in any quantity, consult your doctor.


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