Nutrition For Breast Cancer Patients And Survivors

Nutrition For Breast Cancer Patients And Survivors

On being diagnosed with breast cancer, women do a rethink on nutrition and health in general. They agonize over what may have caused the cancer in the first place and what lifestyle changes can help reverse the damage. Usually they are called on to make definite dietary changes to see results from the breast cancer treatment. A healthy diet is but one of several factors that can help cancer patients. Other factors include exercise, weight management and stress control.

Broadly here are four ways breast cancer patients can speed up their recovery:

  1. Foods

    One of the ways to fight cancer with longer lasting benefits is to increase intake of cancer-fighting foods. This usually means fruits, vegetables and whole grains. These foods are known to contain phytochemicals, among other ingredients, that may prevent cancer. It is recommended to consume at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. The high fibre in whole grains may have a positive benefit by altering hormonal actions of breast cancer and other hormonal-dependent cancers.

  2. Fat intake recommendations

    There is uncertainty on the roe of dietary fat on the development of breast cancer. Some studies have suggested that the type of fat consumed may trigger the cancer.

    To counter the problem it is recommended that cancer patients:

  3. Controlling Obesity

    Obese women have higher levels of circulating oestrogen than women with regular body weight. Studies have shown a link between body mass size and breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Therefore weight reduction would seem like the most natural thing for obese women particularly if cancer has been detected. This can be managed through a healthy diet of five small meals with more fruits, vegetables and grains and less meat, dairy, fats and sugar combined with exercise.

  4. Alcohol Consumption

    Several studies have demonstrated a link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer. But it’s not yet clear how alcohol triggers breast cancer. Women diagnosed with breast cancer must avoid alcohol altogether as a matter of precaution.

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