October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and, while breast cancer incidence is on the decline, it’s estimated that this year alone tahere will be thousands of new cases of invasive breast cancer, and many women will die from breast cancer.
There is hope though! While the two highest risk factors for developing breast cancer – gender and age – are out of our hands, the third is not. Being obese or overweight significantly increases your risk of developing breast cancer.
Luckily, there are lifestyle choices and changes that women can make that can reduce their risk. As an added bonus, adopting many of these tips will help you lose weight too!
1. Maintain a healthy weight: This is absolutely crucial. Some research has shown that overweight or obese women produce more estrogen than women who maintain a healthy body weight.
2. Eat right: While there’s no evidence to suggest diet affects breast cancer, there is irrefutable evidence that a healthy diet is essential to fighting obesity. Diets rich in healthy carbs, protein, and fiber give you the best chance of staying healthy.
3. Limit alcohol consumption: Research suggests that women who drink are at greater risk of developing breast cancer than those who don’t. Plus, alcohol consumption adds calories and may encourage you to eat more, sabotaging efforts to lose weight.
4. Breast feed: Prolonged exposure to estrogen is one of the highest risk factors associated with breast cancer. Estrogen production decreases while a woman is pregnant, and stays low while she breast feeds.
5. Exercise: As little as 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day – plus two weight training sessions a week – can lower your risk and help you lose weight.
6. Incorporate antioxidants into your diet: Free radicals are atoms in your body that interact with certain molecules. Some of these interactions can be beneficial – killing bacteria, for example – but others may result in cell damage or death, which has been linked to diabetes, strokes, heart attacks, and cancer.
Antioxidants are the miracle workers that fight against these free radicals and, therefore, help in the fight against these diseases. Fruits – berries, specifically – are antioxidant powerhouses. Nuts, vegetables, and even meat are also good sources of antioxidants.
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