It’s in the news. It has its own month, its own color, its own warriors. I know so many who have been diagnosed, suffered and even lost the battle to breast cancer.
Everything you see and read touts “early diagnosis” or “awareness” or “find a cure.” While I agree that all of this is important, I am frequently angered that we don’t see more – Attention to Prevention!
Just today two articles have popped up in my news feed. TWO!
The Bad News:
Studies show, repeatedly, that obesity increases your chances of breast cancer, especially in post menopausal women! Obesity increases your risk of breast cancer by 31% Consider extra abdominal fat as an organ!
This abdominal fat does 2 things:
- Converts testosterone to estrogen – triggering estrogen fed breast cancer.
- Causes additional inflammation – also a trigger for cancers
There are 220,000 new cases of breast cancer EVERY YEAR!
When one loses the extra weight, they can decrease their odds of a breast cancer diagnosis by 80%! That is EIGHTY PERCENT!!!
How to begin to lose to cut your risk factors:
- Reduce your alcohol intake
- Increase your activity levels (see the first link)
- Here is a previous article on 7 steps to better health.
- Begin focusing on improving your diet*
*I used a nutrition based weight loss system to assist me in my 55 pound weight loss. I now assist others in attaining their goals in becoming healthier as well.
More Good News:
When you are at a healthy weight. When your waist line is half your height in inches, you ALSO decrease the odds you will ever be diagnosed with :
- Heart disease
- Other cancers
Ask me how “One Change Counts.” We can get you started on a healthier new you!