New Year's Resolution from Komen Foundat
This clearly is the day of resolutions. My only thought this year is to try to notice and appreciate my life even more. The usual suspects of exercise, nutrition, weight loss, etc. are already part of my life (ever notice how crowded the gym becomes the first few weeks of January before all those people vanish?). Here is an article from the Komen Foundation about the importance of exercise in possibly lowering recurrence risk, and they have addressed it from a New Year's Resolution perspective. Happy and Healthy New Year.
New Year's Resolution: Get active and lower your breast cancer risk
Being physically active is one of the best things you can do for your health. It helps you maintain a healthy weight and lowers your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Now, growing scientific evidence shows that it can also help lower your risk of developing or dying from breast cancer.
How might physical activity affect breast cancer?
Physical activity may protect against breast cancer in several ways.
Body weight. Physical activity helps with weight loss and keeping a healthy weight. Thinner women, as well as those who gain little or no weight during adulthood, have a lower risk of postmenopausal breast cancer [1-4]. On average, thinner breast cancer survivors live longer than heavier survivors. This is because they are less likely to have a recurrence or to die from breast cancer or any other cause (such as heart problems or diabetes) [5-9].
Estrogen levels in the body. Physical activity may lower estrogen levels in women [10-11], which may, in turn, help prevent breast cancer from developing or spreading [12-13]. Insulin levels in the body. Physical activity may lower insulin levels in the body . Some data suggest postmenopausal women with lower levels of insulin tend to have a lower risk of developing or dying from breast cancer [14-19].