Researchers have found yet another reason for Americans to fight back against obesity: It could lessen our chances at getting skin cancer.
Reducing Skin Cancer By 42 Percent
Because recent studies show a connection between obesity and melanoma (one of the most dangerous forms of skin cancer), researchers wanted to know if losing weight had any lessening effect on the disease.
Swedish scientists looked at more than 2,000 individuals who had undergone bariatric surgery, and found that those individuals had a “significantly lower risk of developing melanoma” during the next 18 years of their lives than control subjects.
And it gets even better: When compared to the control group (who had not undergone weight loss surgery), the bariatric patients not only reduced their risk of developing melanoma by 61 percent, they reduced their risk of developing any kind of skin cancer by 42 percent.
While more research needs to be done to uncover the exact connection between skin cancer and obesity, the fact that both of these issues are on the rise (by the end of 2018 there will be an estimated 91,270 new cases of melanoma, and nearly 38 percent of Americans are currently categorized as obese), makes a correlation seem obvious.
Preventing Skin Cancer and Obesity
We now know that keeping our time out in direct sunlight to a minimum (under 20 minutes for most people), and using SPF are two of the best ways to prevent skin cancer.
Preventing and lessening obesity is a little tricker, especially when it seems like every time we turn on the TV we’re bombarded by commercials for fast food, packaged foods, and quiet fixes that over-promise and under deliver. But there are ways to become our healthiest selves!
One of the key aspects to reducing obesity is reducing the amount of processed sugar we eat on a daily basis. When our insulin levels are continuously out of whack (due to an overabundance of sugary, packaged foods), it can wreak havoc on our metabolism and digestion. Replacing processed, white sugar with natural sugars (like a nutrient-dense GreenBlender smoothie!) is the first, easy step toward a low sugar lifestyle.
Increasing fiber, as well as focusing on eating more vegetables, are two other simple ways to fight back against obesity.
It’s Never Too Late!
A fact that’s becoming clearer and clearer with each new piece of health research is that what we put into our bodies has a direct effect on how our bodies look and feel, on the inside and on the outside. It’s never too late to start your journey – especially when the benefits include longevity!
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