High Insulin Levels May Contribute to Increased Breast Cancer Risk

High Insulin Levels May Contribute to Increased Breast Cancer Risk
obese breast cancerWomen have all the more reason to eat a healthy diet and to exercise regularly in order to maintain normal weight and insulin levels. A study from Imperial College London School of Public Health in England found that unhealthy insulin levels predict breast cancer risk better than unhealthy weight. "It is metabolic health, and not overweight per se, that is associated with increased risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women," said Dr. Marc Gunter, co-author of "Breast Cancer Risk in Metabolically Healthy but Overweight Postmenopausal Women," published in Cancer Research. Although high insulin levels and high weight are commonly associated, not all overweight women have high insulin levels, in fact, some normal-weight women have high insulin levels. Dr. Gunter was interested in how these attributes could relate to breast cancer risk, since earlier work in his laboratory identified an increased risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women with high insulin levels. The novelty of this research r
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