Women who carry excess weight or have obesity have a higher risk of developing breast cancer compared to those women who maintain a healthy weight. This is especially true after menopause. According to breastcancer.org, carrying excess weight also can increase the risk of breast cancer coming back in women who have had the disease.
This higher risk is because our fat cells make estrogen. Extra fat cells mean more estrogen in the body, and estrogen can make hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers develop and grow.
Still, the link between extra weight and breast cancer is a complicated one and affected by many other factors. For example, the location of the extra weight matters. Extra fat around your belly may increase risk more than the same amount of extra fat around your thighs or hips.
What can I do to lower my risk?
Losing weight can start to get more difficult as we age but it can be done with careful changes to your diet, regular exercise. If your weight does not respond to these measures, weight loss medication or weight loss surgery can be offered. The first thing to do is to talk to your GP about a healthy weight for you based on your age, height, body type, and activity level. Next, talk to your doctor about a safe and sensible plan to lose weight designed specifically for you and your needs.
If you want to lose weight but aren't sure what is the best method for you, or you would like to find out more about your options, we offer a complimentary confidential consultation with our Bariatric Medicine Doctors, in person or over the telephone. Just reply to this email to book one in.
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This year, the estimated number of new cases of breast cancer diagnosed is 18,235 (148 males and 18,087 women).
Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among Australian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer).
Survival rates are continuing to improve in Australia with 89 out of every 100 women diagnosed with invasive breast
cancer now surviving five or more years beyond diagnosis.
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After bariatric surgery, you're able to eat a wide variety of foods. Your meal portions will just be much smaller. Your new eating pattern helps you progress with weight loss in a nutritionally sound manner to reach your health goals.
Eating a variety of foods will help you obtain adequate protein, vitamins and minerals.
This week we have included a POST-BARIATRIC SURGERY meal:
CHICKEN WITH GREEK YOGURT
Total Calories: 266
Saturated Fat: 3g
Total Carbohydrates: 3g Dietary Fiber: 0g
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 cup plain Greek yogurt ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 tsp crushed garlic 1½ tsp seasoning salt ½ tesp pepper
Preheat oven to 190 degrees.
Combine Greek yogurt, cheese and seasonings in a large bowl.
Line baking tray with foil and spray with oil.
Coat each chicken breast in Greek yogurt mixture and place on tray.
Bake for approx 45 minutes.
Serve warm with a simple salad.
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