October is breast cancer awareness month and each year the familiar pink ribbons serve as a great reminder of the impact breast cancer has on so many individuals. Despite the awareness, the statistics continue to astonish with one in eight women receiving a diagnosis in their lifetime. While many uncontrollable factors play a role in the development of breast cancer including age, gender, and family history, other controllable factors such as nutrition and exercise have also linked to the disease. The good news? Even small changes to your daily routine can reduce your risk! What's more, these simple modifications can reduce your risk for many other types of cancer:
1. Regular Exercise.
What's your favorite activity? Walking, biking, playing tennis, swimming, you name it! Just 30 minutes of ANY TYPE of physical activity each day can reduce your risk of both pre and post menopausal breast cancer. The more activity, the better! Increasing your physical activity beyond 30 minutes per day can have even greater health benefits. Ready, set, play!
2. Cancer Fighting Foods.
A whole foods eating pattern, rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes can help protect against breast cancer. The antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals found in these foods specifically, provide a protective effect and can help maintain a healthy body weight.
3. Maintain a Healthy Weight.
It's estimated that one in five cases of breast cancer is related to excess body fat. Ten other types of cancers have also been linked to overweight and obesity. Luckily, Registered Dietitians are the experts when it comes to weight management. If you're struggling to maintain a healthy body weight, don't wait! Schedule an appointment with one of our Registered Dietitians today!