Healthy Living Can Prevent Breast Cancer: North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Resources
Research shows good nutrition and exercise can help prevent breast cancer. Here are some resources around the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff area to help you stay healthy.
You might be able to find help fighting breast cancer and other types of cancers at your local grocery store and fitness centers, according to the research findings of Dr. Marian Neuhouser, Ph.D, RD.
Dr. Neuhouser is a nutritional epidemiologist with a background in nutritional sciences. She is an investigator at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Her research is focused on lifestyle factors such as nutrition and physical activity. Some factors may prevent breast and prostate cancer and improve survivorship in those diagnosed with cancer.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year, more than 200,000 American women are diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 American women will die from breast cancer.
Dr. Neuhouser’s research has found that for postmenopausal women in particular, being overweight or obese may increase the risk for breast cancer.
Dr. Neuhouser explains, “After menopause, estrogens are synthesized by adipose tissue—the more adipose a woman has, the more estrogen she will make. Adipose cells also synthesize inflammatory factors, which have been linked to breast cancer.”
One of the most important things a woman at risk for breast cancer can do, says Dr. Neuhouser, is to “maintain a healthy weight."
Given what the research indicates, Dr. Neuhouser says, “One of the most important things is that if a woman is overweight or obese, she should be advised to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight. Daily physical activity and following healthy eating habits with plentiful fruits and vegetables and minimal empty calories and fried foods will help achieve these goals.”
Dr. Neuhouser says while it can be challenging to lose weight, “Small changes can add up and make a big difference."
When it comes to getting active, Dr. Neuhouser says, "If someone is not used to physical activity, try a five to ten minute walk and gradually increase the time. Having physical activity partners or walking partners always helps. I know my soccer team will be waiting for me on the field, so even if I am tired or busy, I still show up."
Here are some opportunities for residents in the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff area to get a little more athletic:
- LA Fitness in Toco Hill
- LOA Fitness for Women Launches 6-Week Weigh to Wellness Program
- Nia Movement Class in North Druid Hills
When it comes to food, Dr. Neuhouser says, "Start with making one new food change each week. Instead of eating two cookies, eat just one.”
If you are concerned about your weight, Dr. Neuhouser suggests getting the support you need by asking your doctor for “ a referral to a reputable weight loss program.” For nutrition advice, Dr. Neuhouser recommends asking for a referral to a registered dietitian.
Locally, you can check out places like Quick Weight Loss Centers in North Decatur for help with that.
Piedmont Park is another popular place where people gather to get outside and get fit. The Park offers a an overall body workout called Spinergy eX, and Operation Bootcamp is one of several groups offering a high-energy workout at the park. The Atlanta Running Meetup Group also gathers at the park to walk and run together.
Other local running groups are listed on the Atlanta Track Club's list of weekly running groups.
Do you have suggestions for other local fitness and healthy living groups? Share with your neighbors by adding them to the comments area below.