Research continues to prove that what you eat, even when you are young will influence your health as an adult. While there is no food that can completely prevent or cure any disease eating a healthy diet full of vegetables, fruits and whole grains in childhood and continuing in to adult life decreases your breast cancer risk.
On-going research has shown that girls who eat a high calorie, low nutrient diets and get very little exercise are more likely to start their periods earlier. This means that the body is exposed to estrogen for a longer period of time, which can increase the risk for developing breast cancer. (breastcancer.org)
Follow these strategies to reduce your breast cancer risk and live by example for your daughters.
• Eat your veggies, fruit and whole grains
• Be physically active
• Avoid gaining weight as you age
• Limit or avoid alcohol
• Don’t smoke