Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer by Getting Active and Eating Healthy
By: Janvi Kapadia, 2018 Summer Communications/Marketing Intern
Living a healthy lifestyle is something we should all strive to achieve as an everyday goal. Studies have shown that exercising, eating nutrient-dense foods and other healthy lifestyle choices may lower the risk of developing breast cancer.
You can take steps to reduce your risk and live a healthy life! Read on to learn how you can make healthy lifestyle choices:
Get Physically Active
Women who get regular exercise have a lower risk of breast cancer than inactive women. Many women and men may find it difficult to allot time from their busy work schedules to working out and doing physical activity. However, setting aside as little as an hour a day to go for a walk or a run after work will be beneficial in the long run. Making exercise a regular part of your day not only can reduce your risk of breast cancer, but it can improve the status of your mental health.
Start Eating Healthier
This is a very easy step to incorporate into your daily routine! Slowly adding more fruits and vegetables into your diet is a great starting point. The recommended amount for a day is a 2 1/2 cups of fruits and vegetables.
Along with adding healthier foods into your diet, it’s important to cut out or reduce the intake of the foods that are worsening your health. Some of these foods include red meats (most commonly beef and pork), deli meats that contain a lot of fat and fried food. These foods are examples of common “bad fats,” however, there are also “good fats.” Good fats exist in foods such as nuts, avocados, olives and olive oil which is used to cook various foods. Incorporating more of the good fats into your diet is a great step to take for a healthier lifestyle!
Lower Your Alcohol Intake
Your alcohol intake is also a factor in your diet and limiting it allows for a healthier lifestyle. Women should generally not drink more than 1 drink a day and men should limit their intake to no more than 2 drinks a day. Drinking more than this amount a day can lead to many negative effects on your body, including an increased risk of breast cancer.
Talk To Your Doctor
Along with maintaining a healthy lifestyle by staying active and eating the right foods, it is also important to be aware of any abnormalities that may appear in your breasts. Noticing something such as a lump in your breast and taking this concern to your doctor is always a great idea. There are different types of breast cancer screenings such as clinical breast exams and mammograms, talking to your doctor about which one is right for you is the first step.
Get Active at our MORE THAN PINK Walk!
What better way to get active than by attending the Komen CSNJ MORE THANK PINK Walk this November? Join us for a meaningful day of hope, celebration and inspiration that raises lifesaving funds for women and men in our communities. For more information, visit our website at komencsnj.org/walk