Lodinews.com

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Weight creates estrogen: That spells cancer

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012 7:42 am | Updated: 8:29 am, Fri Jun 29, 2012.

Dear Pharmacist: My sister and mother have both had breast cancer, so far I’m OK (but obviously worried). What is your number one recommendation for me since my genetics are bad? Thanks. — K.B., Orlando, Fla.

A: When it comes to breast health, your weight matters the most in my opinion. But another important factor is hormone balance.

Let’s start with weight. I do not know your particular size or weight, so I will speak from a general standpoint. Those flabby abs and thighs can increase production of dangerous cancer-causing hormones, including estrogen. Clinical trials will often conclude that “estrogen promotes cell proliferation in breast tumors,” which could also be stated this way: Fat causes cancer.

Fat cells hold on to estrogen, and estrogen drives certain cancers. Losing weight helps because doing so reduces estrogen load in the body, and this may slow growth of tumors (even before you find out they’re in you). Yes, even before diagnoses. Why wait for the cancer to be diagnosed? Remember, tumors don’t grow overnight; it has been growing for years, sometimes 10 to 20 years, before it’s picked up by an imaging scan.

Losing weight also works because this lowers serum insulin, and high insulin is a risk factor in the development of cancer as well as 30 other disabling medical conditions. You see, insulin increases an enzyme in your body called “aromatase enzyme.” This is the same enzyme which converts testosterone and androstenedione to estrogen within the cells. Remember, I just told you excessive estrogen fuels cancer growth. I’ve posted an article I wrote on this at my website; just use my search box to find “Many Diseases Linked to High Insulin.”

The point is losing weight is critical, and choosing good foods can help you regain your figure while slashing your risk of cancer. I think the best breast food you can eat is broccoli. This vegetable, as well as other crucifers (cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, turnips) have a positive impact on the way you break down your estrogen. They benefit breast health by reducing four and 16 estrogens (considered harmful) while increasing a protective, potent anti-cancer form of estrogen called 2-methoxyestradiol.

Supplements, which increase production of this 2 estrogen, are sold nationwide at health foods stores as “I3C” for indole-3-carbonol, or a related type which is better for people with low stomach acid called “DIM.” Both I3C and DIM are proven to support breast and prostate health. Natural iodine supplements can help this pathway too.

On my “no-no” list are fried or fast foods, any boxed, processed or heavily refined dinners and anything artificial, as well as a diet high in refined sugar.

Coconut, olive, avocado and grape seed oil are all wonderful to include in your diet. Spices such as curcumin and saffron are powerful herbs you should eat frequently (or supplement with). And obviously, monitor your hormones with a urine analysis each year.

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. For more information about Suzy Cohen, visit her Website at www.suzycohen.com.

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don’t pretend you’re someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don’t threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don’t insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the ‘Report’ link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.
  • 9 Don’t be a troll.
  • 10 Don’t reveal personal information about other commenters. You may reveal your own personal information, but we advise you not to do so.
  • 11 We reserve the right, at our discretion, to monitor, delete or choose not to post any comment. This may include removing or monitoring posts that we believe violate the spirit or letter of these rules, or that we otherwise determine at our discretion needs to be monitored, not posted, or deleted.

Welcome to the discussion.

Readers Choice Awards 2014

Video

Popular Stories

Poll

Loading…

Your News

News for the community, by the community.

Featured Events

CREATE AN EVENT

Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists