Lifestyle changes could reduce cancer

2017-10-12 06:01

It is estimated that lifestyle changes could reduce breast cancer rates by about 30%.

Changing your lifestyle includes being more active, maintaining a healthy weight, including beneficial nutrients in your diet and reducing carcinogens (cancer causing molecules).

Two large studies in Canada and America with over 115 000 participants between them, showed a reduction in risk of between 22% and 31% in women who followed standard dietary guidelines.

Being overweight or obese carries an increased risk of Breast Cancer. The good news is that weight reduction of as little as 5% of your body weight can reduce risk by 25%. The other good news is that you are in control. Your doctor or dietitian can assist you in setting a realistic weight goal.

There seems to be a lower rate of breast cancer in individuals who eat a lot of Omega-3 fats. These are found in oily fish such as sardines, pilchards, salmon, trout and tuna.

Our very own South Africa Food Based Dietary Guidelines are a great starting point:

.Enjoy a variety of foods

.Be Active

. Make Starchy foods part of most meals

.Eat plenty of vegetables

and fruit every day

.Eat dry beans, split peas

and lentils regularly

.Have milk, maas or yogurt daily

.Fish, chicken, lean meat or eggs

can be eaten daily

.Drink lots of clean, safe water

.Use fats sparingly. Choose vegetable oils rather than hard fats

.Use sugar and foods and drinks high in sugar sparingly

.Use salt and food high in salt sparingly

(Issued: Reach for Recovery)

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