The first part of healthy living involves the energy that you release from your body. Physical activity not only burns energy (calories), but can also help lower the risk of some types of cancer and other diseases. Here is all it takes to get started:
If you are already physically active, keep up the good work. Physical activity may help lower your risk of breast cancer. This is because exercise lowers estrogen levels, fights obesity, lowers insulin levels and boosts the function of immune system cells that attack tumors.
The second part of healthy living involves what you put into your body.
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The third part of healthy living is limiting alcohol intake. You may have heard about research that showed having one serving of alcohol (for example, a glass of wine) each day improves your health by reducing your risk of heart attack. That is true, but many studies have also shown that alcohol intake can increase the risk of breast cancer. The key is moderation — less than one drink a day. In general, the more alcohol you drink, the higher your risk of developing breast cancer.
Keeping your body free from disease is a big part of healthy living, but it is also important to keep a healthy attitude. Here are some ways to help maintain your emotional health:
Have faith in yourself. Many things can help you be healthier and feel better about yourself. Being in touch with the spiritual part of you through meditation or prayer can help you gain inner peace — in spite of what is going on in your life.
If you don't smoke, don't start. You have done your body a world of good by avoiding tobacco. If you do smoke, please ask your doctor for help in quitting. Smoking has been linked to higher risks of many types of cancer. There are health benefits from quitting at any age. And after five years of being smoke-free, the risk of developing diseases as a result of having smoked goes down.
Last but certainly not least, remember your breast health care, too.
1. Know your risk
2. Get screened
3. Know what is normal for you
4. Make healthy lifestyle choices