Your lifestyle is one of the single greatest ways to stay healthy.
After all, most diseases are associated with modifiable risk factors—which are factors you can control.
That’s why I love helping my patients improve key aspects of their daily routine… from exercise and diet, to sleep and stress-reduction, and more.
And now, research reveals that a select few lifestyle modifications can help women LIVE LONGER after a dreaded breast cancerdiagnosis.
Let me explain…
Three modifiable factors
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. In fact, an estimated one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with the disease in her lifetime.
But a new analysis found your chances of longevity can greatly improve by:
- maintaining a healthy weight
- being physically active
- following a healthy diet
More specifically, researchers found that having a high body mass index (BMI) was associated with an increased all-cause and breast cancer-specific mortality (death) risk.
But a randomized controlled trial (RCT) found intentional weight loss delivered a boost to disease-free survival time.
Not only that, but among subjects with higher physical activity levels, all-cause and breast cancer-specific death risk was slashed up to 48 percent!
And finally, researchers were only able to piece together a couple of things about dietary factors—because not many studies look at the effects of a truly healthy diet. (And that’s tragic because, in my opinion, it’s a crucial part of disease prevention.)
But here’s what they do know…
Isoflavone intake (abundant in fresh produce, tea, and more) reduced all-cause and breast cancer-specific mortality, along with recurrence. Dietary fiber decreased all-cause mortality. And higher vitamin D levels slashed all-cause and breast cancer-specific mortality.
Easy as 1, 2, 3
While this analysis didn’t particularly teachus anything we didn’t already know, it at least highlights the importance of sensible lifestyle habits.
And really, it’s as easy as “1, 2, 3.”
- Move your body. I always recommend engaging in at least 20 minutes of physical activity daily for a whole host of health benefits. And remember, even walking counts toward that daily goal.
- Eat a balanced diet. Fill your plate with healthy, whole food items like grass-fed and -finished meat, fresh produce, and nuts.
- Reach and maintain a healthy weight. Steps one and two will help you reach your weight goal.
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Until next time,
“Lifestyle Changes Can Reduce Risk of Death After Breast Cancer.” Medscape, 10/27/2022. (medscape.com/viewarticle/983131)