October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But more importantly, it’s the month where some of us rededicate ourselves to living and eating healthier.
As you know, breast cancer claims thousands of lives every year. It is the second leading cause of death due to cancer–lung cancer is the first. Although medical science has made some promising breakthroughs this year, a cure has not been found. However, because of early detection, newer treatment methods, and healthy lifestyle changes, it is reported that more women are surviving breast cancer in the United States.
Medical professionals and researchers agree: women can help minimize their exposure to breast cancer by changing things like diet and exercise. Here’s how:
Maintain a healthy weight – studies have linked excess weight with an increased trisk of developing breast cancer. Bottom-line: you don’t have to be “skinny Minney” but you should work to keep yourself at a healthy weight level.
Curb fat intake – we all know that fat isn’t good for our bodies and too much of it can increase our breast cancer risk. You don’t have to cut fat out completely. Strive for less than 30 percent every day.
Exercise regularly – consistent exercise not only helps keep your mind sharp but keeps your body healthy. Regular activity has been shown to decrease the risk by as much as 23 percent. Housework counts. Biking counts. So get moving.
Limit alcohol – drink wine or alcohol in moderation. One drink per day is the limit.
Breastfeed – research shows that mothers who breastfeed are less likely to develop breast cancer later in life.
More fruits and veggies – this is always a great idea. Adding more greens and fruits to your diet is an excellent way to get the nutrients your skin, hair and body need to function optimally. It’s also an easy way to lower your risk of breast cancer.
There are many more insights into using nutrition and healthy living to prevent breast cancer. You can find them at site one and site two. Additional research and statistics can be found here.
Ladies, let’s commit to living the healthiest live we can so we too can reduce our risk of developing breast cancer.