Healthy Habits Fight Against Breast Cancer

New research shows small steps can yield greatly reduced risks

This year, approximately a quarter of a million women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.  While more effective recent treatments have dramatically reduced the number of fatalities from the disease, as of now there is no sure way to prevent breast cancer.  Many researchers are actively searching for ways to prevent it altogether, but as of now they have only discovered that following some home health care habits can significantly decrease the risk.

Get Enough Sleep

Researchers consider cancer to be a disease of “mistakes” in our DNA.  Our body needs rest to maintain our circadian rhythm, which Caregiver agency west palm beachregulates the body’s ability to repair our DNA on a daily basis.  When the body’s sleep cycle is frequently disrupted, so is the process of DNA correction.

A new study has discovered that postmenopausal women with breast cancer who sleep less than six hours a night on a regular basis may be twice as likely to have more aggressive breast cancer compared to those who manage to get longer hours of sleep.

Interestingly, there are many online sleep-improvement programs that combine cognitive behavioral therapy with simple daily tools.  If you have issues with being able to get enough sleep, consider enrolling in one of these programs.

Weight Loss

There has always been a popular connection between breast cancer and obesity, but a recent study over over 4,000 women also found that simply being overweight can be detrimental to those who have already been diagnosed.  Despite treatments such as hormonal and chemotherapy, the study revealed that obesity raised a woman’s risk of recurrence by 30 percent.  It also raised risk of death by 50 percent.

Breast cancer risk has been linked to increased levels of estrogen, and fat tissue produces excess amounts of it.  Fat also raises insulin levels which are known to stimulate growth of tumors.

home care agency palm beach gardensEat Those Cruciferous Vegetables!

The Harvard School of Public Health conducted a recent study that found women who ate approximately four servings of vegetables daily reduced their chances of developing hormone receptor-negative breast cancer by 18 percent.  Additionally, other research revealed that women with breast cancer who consumed the highest amounts of cruciferous vegetables daily had a 62-percent reduced risk of breast cancer mortality, with a 35 percent reduction in the risk of recurrence.

So what are cruciferous vegetables?  Stock up on cauliflower, cabbage, boo chou, turnip greens and broccoli!  This group of vegetables contain high amounts of phytochemicals that appear to have a protective effect against some types of cancers.  They are also rich in vitamin C, carotenoids and polyphenols, which have antioxidant properties.

Watch Your Alcohol Intake

The American Cancer Society guidelines on nutrition and physical activity for cancer prevention recommend no more than one alcoholic drink per day. Though there is no complete analysis of the reasons alcohol affects cancer risk, alcohol consumption has been shown to cause circulating estrogen levels in postmenopausal women to rise.

You’ve Got To Move It Move It!

Get in the garden!  Break out the vacuum!  Take a nice, leisurely walk!  The latest research reveals that ANY physical activity protects against breast cancer.  And it’s never too late to start!  Another new study finds that even women to didn’t start exercising until after menopause showed a diminished risk.

Women who exercised for 10 to 19 hours per week – at any intensity – reduced their risk by approximately 30 percent!

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