October is my favorite month of the year. And guess what? It is also the breast cancer awareness month. To be aware is the most important thing to prevent any potential danger. If we are aware about a certain thing we naturally take steps concerned with that issue. And so here I am to make you aware about 6 steps that help to prevent breast cancer.
Walk- walking is just dandy! I am a big fan of this walking. When you walk you just feel so refreshing with the whispers of the gentle breeze. A new study says walking can greatly reduce breast cancer risk. Post menopausal women who walk for an hour a day lowered their chances of getting breast cancer. This is the first study which says that walking can greatly reduce breast cancer risk.
Exercise- there is a type of breast cancer called estrogen receptor positive breast cancer, which is due to result of obesity and not having kids or having fewer kids. Now scientists say that aerobic exercise influences the way our bodies break down estrogen to produce more good metabolites which lower the risk of breast cancer.
Enjoy peanuts- peanuts are a great source of antioxidants. They have antioxidant content similar to black berries and straw berries. Scientists say that eating peanut butter and nuts greatly enhances breast health. When young girls in high school eat lots of peanut butter they reduce their chances of suffering from breast cancer in adulthood so says one study.
Breastfeeding- a nurses led study suggests that women who breastfeed for over 6 months are less likely to develop early breast cancer, than those who do not breast feed, provided they are not addicted to smoking. So if you are a young mother breastfeeding your baby would be the ideal choice, which is beneficial for both you and the baby.
Reduce blood pressure- blood pressure drugs are linked to higher breast cancer risk warns one study. So eat healthy and take proper care of yourself. The study says post menopausal women who took calcium channel blockers for 10 years or more had 2.5 times higher risk of breast cancer than those who never used those drugs.
Reduce working night shifts- researchers found that women who work night shifts for more than 30 years are at a higher risk of contracting breast cancer than other women. Why it is so? They say night time artificial lighting that shift workers are exposed could be a factor which increases risk of breast cancer. They also point out that sleep disturbances, lack of vitamin D, lifestyle differences and upset body rhythms can also increase the risk.
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