Lose weight, fight leukemia

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A ballooning waist may multiply your risk of myeloid leukemia, the most common type of adult blood cancer, say Australian researchers. They collected weight and waist data on 41,000 men and women for more than 8 years and found that merely inching out of the healthy weight zone (more than 150 pounds on a 5-foot-5 woman) increased risk by more than five times. Every extra 4 inches around the waist upped risk by 35%. The scientists say tummy fat releases chemicals that stimulate cell growth, and overall excess weight may depress the immune system, weakening your cancer defenses. Start today Clear out all treats left over from the holidays.

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