01 Nov 2017
3 Ways to Decrease Breast Cancer Risk
We’ve just ended Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which happens every October, but there’s one more topic I want to share with you. There’s a lot that women need to know about breast cancer, especially in midlife. The topic that gets the most attention, of course, is hormone replacement therapy, but I believe it’s even more important to understand the ways that YOU can manage your risk with lifestyle.
In this video, I share my top 3 risk management strategies when it comes to breast cancer.
Maintain an ideal weight.
Here’s why weight is such a big deal. The fat that is around your middle may seem like it’s just sitting there hanging out, but it’s not. It’s hormonally active and those fat cells make their own estrogen, and when your estrogen levels are constantly high, your breast cancer risk rises.
Minimize alcohol use.
If you look at all the studies that have been done on women, drinking and breast cancer risk, you’ll find that women who drink more than two to three drinks a day have a 20% increased risk of breast cancer.
Increase your fiber intake.
The goal is 35 to 40 grams of fiber a day (most women eat about 15-20 grams/day). If you have any issues with constipation, then you are not going to be recirculating estrogen in your system. Increasing fiber and water helps eliminate estrogen. Here’s a list of high-fiber foods to get you started.
If you’re concerned about your breast cancer risk or feel overwhelmed by making the changes I mentioned, let’s talk. I offer a specially priced one-time consultation to focus on your risks and goals. You can find more information about that here.
Dr. Anna Garrett is a menopause expert and Doctor of Pharmacy. She helps women who are struggling with symptoms of perimenopause and menopause find natural hormone balancing solutions so they can rock their mojo through midlife and beyond. Her clients would tell you that her real gift is helping them reclaim parts of themselves they thought were gone forever.
Find out more about working with her at http://www.drannagarrett.com/work-with-me/.