Health Tips: Weight Loss Decreases Inflammation

Here’s another reason to drop those excess pounds around your middle. According to a study published in Cancer Research, postmenopausal women who were overweight or obese and lost at least five percent of their body weight had a measurable reduction in markers of inflammation.

“Both obesity and inflammation have been shown to be related to several types of cancer, and this study shows that if you reduce weight, you can reduce inflammation as well,” said Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD, director of the Prevention Center at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

The researchers measured levels of C-reactive protein, serum amyloid A, interleukin-6, leukocyte, and neutrophil in 439 women. Women who lost at least five percent of their body weight had the most significant reduction in the above measured categories.

“This study adds to the growing understanding we have about the link between obesity and cancer, and it appears we can affect inflammation directly through nonpharmaceutical means,” said Dr. McTiernan.