Health care professionals give patients a variety of reasons to lose weight, rattling off a list of diseases, such as diabetes, that weight loss can help prevent. The newest addition to that list may give even more people motivation to drop a couple of pounds.
FOX's Colleen Cappon has details in today's "Housecall for Health":
Here's another reason to lose that five or ten extra pounds. One new study says weight loss can prevent breast cancer in women. Findings from the Hutchinson Cancer Research Center suggest that losing weight reduces the amount of estrogen in the body; the hormone that increases breast cancer risk.
Doctors say that after menopause, fatty tissues continue to make estrogen, so even 5% less fat can help keep breast cancer at bay.
Housecall for Health, I'm Colleen Cappon, FOX News Radio.