How weight loss may help prevent breast cancer

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What if I told you a little secret that can help you reduce your risk of breast cancer, without any wacky vitamins, medicines, or witchcraft? What if I said you wouldn’t have to travel more than a mile from your home, nor would you have to spend a penny on gas?

As you probably already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And I’m sure you are aware to check for lumps, and schedule yearly checkups. But how aware are you that regular physical activity and healthy eating may help to prevent breast cancer? According to internist Anne McTiernan, about 25% of all breast cancer cases in women of all ages could be avoided by maintaining a healthy body weight and doing regular physical activity

Breast cancer that isn’t hereditary appears to be connected to lifestyle and environment, and body fat raises levels of estrogen, which fuels most breast cancers. Weight loss and exercising regularly, which means 30-45 minutes of moderate exercise, like a brisk walk, a jog, a swim, light weight training, etc. 5 times per week, can help to reduce the fat tissue and estrogen levels. And… believe it or not, you don’t have to lose a ton of weight… a mere 10% drop in weight (so, 20 lbs if you’re 200) will suffice.

So what does this mean? Why not give it a try, for the month of October… get outside in the beautiful fall weather and expend that energy wisely, so that your health may stay in check for many more Octobers to come.

Author: Rachel Eisner

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