Breast Cancer Risk Factors

There are many risk factors for breast cancer and many of these we can change through diet and lifestyle.  In this blog I’m going to outline those risk factors, and for further information, see my next blog “Reducing your risk of breast cancer”.  Many of these are risk factors for other cancers as well.

  • Alcohol use.  Alcohol is a carcinogen that is metabolised into to other carcinogens.  So alcohol used puts you at a higher risk for all cancers.  The more you drink, the higher your risk.
  • Dietary risk factors include a high starch intake and diets high in refined grains, high intake of sugar and calorific drinks.
  • High intake of trans fatty acids, fats from dairy products and processed meats(from processed vegetable oils).
  •  Low fibre diet and low vegetable intake.
  • A sedentary lifestyle.
  • Pesticide exposure.
  • Cigarette smoke.
  • Low vitamin D.
  • High calcium to magnesium ratio (too much calcium and not enough magnesium).
  • High GGT levels in your blood test.  GGT is a liver enzyme important for it’s antioxidant action.  We can correct this high level of GGT with supplements.
  • Low thyroid function.
  • Increased inflammation in the body.  There are various blood markers we can look at for this.
  • Obesity.

 

 

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