Breast cancer affects over 1.5 million worldwide every year and is the most frequent cancer among women, according to the World Health Organisation. Breast cancer is also responsible for a number of deaths of women across the world. There have been several efforts to understand the risk factors of breast cancer to determine ways to counter them. There are also various research studies being undertaken to look for inexpensive methods to mitigate the risk of breast cancer. One such study from the US has revealed that eating all the meals within an eight-hour period could drastically reduce a woman’s chances of suffering from breast cancer.
The study that was conducted on obese mice showed that time-restricted eating with access to food for eight hours could improve metabolic health and decrease the risk of breast cancer development and growth, says a press release by the Endocrine Society. The study noted that this could help delay the development of tumours and reduce the growth of breast cancer tumours.
According to researcher Dr Manasi Das at the University of California, San Diego, the metabolic health of postmenopausal women with obesity and their risk for breast cancer are closely linked and that time-restricted eating could prove more effective in preventing obesity, than calorie restriction. ‘The anti-tumour effect of time-restricted eating is at least partially due to lower levels of insulin, suggesting this intervention may be effective in breast cancer prevention and therapy,’ according to the researcher quoted in the press release.
Besides eating within an eight-hour period, there are some other measures that you can take to reduce your risk of breast cancer. These include:
Exercising frequently: Various studies including the one quoted above have drawn a link between obesity, diabetes and the risk of breast cancer. Doctors suggest weight control by regular exercising as one of the best ways to prevent breast cancer. You could also do yoga asanas to get your blood circulation and be stress-free.
A good diet: A balanced diet with lean protein, healthy fats, nutritious greens, wholesome vegetables and fruits, nuts, legumes and seeds is known to reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart diseases and could also help complications that could lead to breast cancer. Stay away from alcohol, smoking.
Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding in the first year has also been known to reduce the risk of breast cancer, according to some studies. A study showed that late pregnancies and short period of breastfeeding is a major reason for the increasing number of breast cancer cases globally.