by A. Grano on September 30th, 2011 at 7:00 am
Affecting 1 in 8 women, breast cancer has likely affected someone you know. According to breastcancer.org, it is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in women after skin cancer and occurs 70-80% of the time in women who have no family history of breast cancer.
However, studies show that maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and eating well can significantly help reduce the risk of breast cancer, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.
Based on these conclusions, the AICR recommends the following for reducing the risk for breast cancer:
- Reduce body fat. There is strong evidence that excess body fat increases the risk for cancers of the esophagus, pancreas, colon and rectum, edometrium, kidney and breast (in postmenopausal women). Because of this link, the goal is to be as lean as possible within the normal range of body weight (BMI).
- Be physically active. Exercise should be part of everyday life. Aiming for 30 minutes a day is ideal. This can include walking, jogging, swimming, or a combination of exercises. The important thing is to get moving enough to break a sweat.
- Eat well. Choose mostly unprocessed, natural foods including plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, while limiting consumption of red meat and processed meat.
Adopting these lifestyle changes and reducing exposure to substances that have been shown to promote the disease, such as hormones and chemicals, will go a long way in helping lower your risk.
In addition, by embracing a holistic lifestyle that combines diet, exercise and natural remedy support, you are bound to promote a more balanced state of overall wellness for maintaining health and preventing disease.
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