Did you know dropping 5% of your body weight could cut your breast cancer risk more than 20%? Holy moly! Especially if you start losing at age 50 or older. Check out this research! In a one- year study, 439 postmenopausal, overweight, sedentary women started diets, exercise routines, or both. Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle tracked the subjects’ blood levels of hormones (estrogen and testosterone) that are higher in obese women and that raise breast cancer risk. The result: The more pounds the women lost, the more the hormones fell, with that 5% drop dramatically changing the odds. The more pounds the women lost, the more the hormones fell, with that 5% drop dramatically changing the odds. “Diet plus exercise worked best to lower these hormones and for lasting weight loss,” says lead author Anne McTiernan, M.D., Ph.D.