Eating Right to Prevent Breast Cancer

According to a study conducted by the National Cancer Centre, Singapore, breast cancer is among the top 10 cancers affecting women in Singapore, and highest-rank cancer to cause death among Singaporean women between the years 2011 and 2015. Although many studies have been conducted to identify cancer-fighting compounds in food, experts are inclined to voting for an overall balanced diet that can alter anyone’s path toward breast cancer for the better. While consuming carotenoid-rich foods such as tomatoes and carrots can help, its best to develop a wholesome eating strategy that can help to prevent breast cancer from the get-go. Here are some idea eating patterns that you can adapt into your everyday.

Cut sugar consumption

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Limiting sugar intake is a very crucial part in keeping your health in check, and now new research has proven that it can have an impact in containing cancer development too. As sugar adds on to our daily calorie intake, a recent study found that when a larger portion of our calorie intake comes from sugar, we are more susceptible to breast cancer. Researchers found that sugar triggers enzymes that lead to inflammation, which is one of the key components in the development of breast cancer. While this research is still in its primary stages, we can all take notes and begin to restrict sugar consumption, not least because it helps to keep obesity at bay. And since obesity is another prime contributor to cancer, this lifestyle change could be very beneficial in the long run.

Adopt a Mediterranean Diet

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While Mediterranean diets have been famed for the heart-health benefits, research has found that they can go beyond the boundaries of the heart. Women who are a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, fish and extra-virgin olive oil are 68% less likely to develop breast cancer as compared to women who are on a low-fat diet. While research has previously shown that a Mediterranean diet can help prevent cancer in general, further investigation has shown its benefits for specifically breast cancer.

Stop snacking after dinner

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In a recent study of women who have already been diagnosed with breast cancer, those who gave a lead time of up to 13 hours between dinner and breakfast cut their reoccurrence risk by up to 36 percent. They also displayed improved blood sugar control, according to a San Diego study conducted by the University of California. Since high blood sugar levels can increase the disk for the disease, working on lowering this index might go a long way in keep cancer far away.

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