Obesity Is A Boobies Trap
"You have breast cancer.”
Those four words can make a woman buckle at the knees. October is
Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a good time to address the issue because
of the relationship between obesity and breast cancer —and make no
mistake: There IS a relationship. The sex hormones estrogen and
progesterone are known to increase risk of breast cancer.
See this toxic fat?
If you're an overweight or obese woman, you've got plenty of that . . . and it produces estrogen . . . and that ain't good.
When an overweight/obese woman is post-menopausal,
although her ovaries have stopped producing estrogen, she still
continues to produce it in her fat tissue—where androgens (male
hormones), made primarily in the adrenal glands, are converted to
estrogen. When an overweight/obese female is pre-menopausal and
still in her menses years, she’s getting a double-dose of estrogen,
both from her ovaries and her fat. The three estrogen factors to
- The more body fat a female has, the more estrogen she produces.
- Estrogen fuels tumor growth (cancer cells love estrogen). The more a woman feeds her fat cells, the more she feeds any cancer cells, the more aggressive the cancer.
- High levels of post-menopausal estrogen can stimulate abnormal
breast cell growth, which leads to more rapid development of
estrogen-positive breast cancers.
Another deterrent against obesity should be that the
heavier the woman, the bigger and denser the breasts. This makes it much
harder to detect a microscopic mammography change on obese women, which
means by the time a tumor is detected it'll be larger and more
aggressive. Similarly, an obese woman who does regular self-exams won’t
be able to feel a lump until it is larger.
The analogy I make here is to obese people who are on meds for cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, for example, and they very often have the attitude that because they’re "taking something" it’s "under control." No . . . it’s not. The more weight they gain, they more out-of-control the medical issue becomes, the higher dosage of meds they’ll be forced to take. Similarly, I meet too many overweight breast cancer survivors who are under a very false sense of comfort that they’re going to be just fine because they’re "taking something" (tamoxifen or other estrogen inhibitors). So, they take a pill a day and continue to be obese . . . which produces more estrogen, a direct counter to what the prescribed estrogen inhibitor is trying to do in their bodies. So basically, the doctor giveth, and the fat taketh away. Now, isn’t that ridiculous?! Actually, it’s more than ridiculous . . . it’s stupid.
I don’t think I’m going out on a limb when I say that any woman,
regardless of age, regardless of size, would fight like crazy through a
diagnosis of breast cancer; she would want to live. So, and as I ask
overweight women and overweight breast cancer survivors, why not fight
like crazy to prevent it from occurring . . . or reoccurring?
In this day and age, women do not have to die of breast cancer. The
key is prevention and early detection. And when it comes to detection,
the slimmer we are, the sooner we’ll feel a change in our breasts on our
own and get to the doctor; the clearer the mammography and ultrasound
results; and the sooner we can begin the process of whatever comes next.
. . . ‘and whatever comes next’ always works out better for the woman who is slim and healthy. Why? The
fatter a woman is, the more compromised her immune system, the more
negative reaction she will have to the post-diagnosis protocol and
recovery. A woman who is slim, fit and has a healthy diet not only has a
stronger immune system with which to fight toxic chemo protocols, but
also the physical agility and stamina to be up and about quickly, to do
the breathing and over-the-head arm exercises . . . and to get back to
her home and business life as soon as possible.
If you're an obese woman, losing weight is crucial for the best
chance at early detection, to help through the battle, to enjoy the
survival, and to minimize the recurrence.
A message to all the women who are in the fight:
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