‘An ounce of prevention, is worth a pound of cure’
Some of you may have heard this old adage, and some may have not; but regardless it stands true for any aspect of life. Being proactive is always better than being reactive. It’ll make for a more stress free life, and who really wants stress anyway?
I have to admit that I didn’t go very far in researching this, but you can all blame CanadianLiving.com for that. They have an article that provided me with all the information I needed on preventing breast cancer.
1. Their first piece of advice is to stay active. Something that I’m not doing too well with right now. I started working out a couple of weeks ago but soon lost interest since our ancient equipment at home kept giving me a sore bum. But luckily for me, you don’t have to be an athlete to prevent breast cancer.
The article says that even moderate activities like carrying the laundry, walking briskly while grocery shopping, carrying groceries, etc., can be helpful in staying active. Anything that gets your heart rate up a little and makes you sweat a tad bit. Here is what I learnt from this pointer: fat cells produce estrogen, and estrogen is what is responsible for most breast cancers. Shocking1.
2. Their second tip goes hand in hand with the first one, and that’s maintaining a healthy weight. Crap. I checked it out recently, and I’m overweight for my frame, age and height by 15lbs2. I don’t have weight issues, I always eat as much as I’m hungry for and that will never change. I’m not going to starve myself just to get into clothes… but I obviously need to start obeying tip#1 to get tip#2 under control.
There’s something about this pointer that really scared me, CanadianLiving.com has said that women who gain over 20lbs of weight are more prone to postmenopausal breast cancer. I know, I know I don’t have to worry about that for a long time but that’s the whole idea of prevention – you worry about it now so you don’t have to worry about it later! I gotta get my butt in gear!
Now, since I don’t like writing super long posts like a Monkey we all know and love, I’m going to end this with these questions:
Did you learn something today? How active are you?