The Imperial College London have recently reviewed lots of past studies and data investigating links between different aspects of lifestyle and the susceptability for cancer of the womb. They found some interesting links with certain aspects of lifestyle, but as far as we can tell there's nothing new in there.
Their findings basically show that if women take care in what they eat and drink, stay active and maintain a 'healthy' body weight their propensity for womb cancer reduces by up to 50%. The reason we say this is good to highlight but necessarily a breakthrough is because countless diseases are already linked to nutrition and body composition (better measure than weight).
As we discuss regularly on this blog our bodies will succumb to some disease or another if we don't have proper nutrition. This isn't necessarily because it makes is fat and that then makes us more susceptible but could also be the type of food and ingredients increase chances of disease. Lots of food additives currently have an unknown impact on health, and there are even some (eg sweeteners) that have a known impact but are still allowed in our food.
The link between weight and disease can so be looked at in a similar way - it's not necessarily the weight that is the main issue. It's just as feasible to suspect the type of lifestyle, diet and exercise associated with the overweight and obese with damage to the body and increase chance of disease. Which one comes first - poor lifestyle, overweight / obesity or disease. Do we truly know the answer or so we think we know the answer? Is there an answer or is it cyclical and works in a similar way to the poverty cycle? Hard to answer, but we can help ourselves by following the same old advice...
Eat well - good quality, chemical free, truly natural food
Drink well - avoid processes drinks regardless of their health claims. Drink water and milk, occasionally a bit of good quality fruit juices
Keep for - exercise and move in a way that keeps your body working well. Don't spend too long sat on your bottoms!
Follow these simple bits of advice and regardless of your sex you'll be less likely to contract many of the diseases out there that are preventable if we just look after our bodies. We only have one body after all!