Study: Weight loss may reduce risk of polyps linked to colon cancer

Weight loss may reduce the risk of developing polyps that are linked to colon cancer. That’s according to a new study from the University of Maryland.

Researchers looked at data showing weight gain and weight loss among Americans over three periods of adulthood.

They found that weight loss was associated with a reduced risk for "colorectal adenoma" – which is a benign growth or polyp in the colon or rectum.

However, weight gain was associated with an increased chance of developing a polyp – particularly for those who put on more than 6.6 pounds over five years.

Overall, weight loss and weight gain appeared stronger among men than women.

Researchers hope their findings emphasize the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.