Why Healthy Living Matters
You have the power to do something about breast cancer.
October 13, 2015 - Breast cancer prevention starts with healthy living. True, there are some risk factors, such as family history. But there are lifestyle changes you can make, like the ones listed below, to help lower your risk.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Eat right. Try to fuel up with fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains. Don’t be fooled by the jolt you get from caffeine or high-sugar snack foods. Your energy will wear off, and you could wind up feeling more tired than you did before.
Women who are not physically active throughout life may have an increased risk of breast cancer. Strenuous exercise for more than four hours per week may help lower breast cancer risk. Also, being active can help women prevent overweight and obesity, which are known risk factors for breast cancer in women who have reached menopause.
Get 30 minutes or more of moderate activity, like walking, running, or biking, at least five days per week. Forty-five minutes or more of moderate to vigorous activity on those days may further reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Getting physical activity can not only help relax your tense muscles but improve your mood. Research shows that physical activity can also help relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Do Not Smoke. Limit Alcohol Intake.
Restrict alcohol to no more than one drink per day and no more than two drinks for men.
Women who breastfeed have a lower risk of breast cancer.
Manage Stress Levels
Everyone has to deal with stress. There are steps you can take to help you handle stress in a positive way and keep it from making you sick. Try these tips from womenshealth.gov to keep stress in check:
Schedule a Mammogram
Breast cancer screening looks for signs of cancer before a woman has symptoms. Screening can help find breast cancer early, when the chance of successful treatment is best.
Do You Need a Gynecologist?
No matter what stage you’re at in life, seeing a gynecologist is one of the most important things you can do for your well-being. Our caring team of Ob-Gyns at the Bingham Memorial Women’s Center are qualified to care for all women’s healthcare needs. They also understand the challenges facing today’s women and encourage patients to be open with them so they can provide the best care possible. To schedule a consultation with one of our Ob-Gyns please call (208) 782-3900.
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