Breast Cancer

Nutrition and breast cancer
Nutrition is a tool that you can use to improve your overall health and quality of life. Gaining weight during treatment can be a problem. Because estrogen is partly metabolized by fat tissue, you have a higher risk of recurrence of estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer if you are overweight or obese.  Improving what you eat, even before treatment, by switching to a diet that is plant-based and low in saturated fat supports your overall health. You can take steps toward a better diet by reducing your intake of red meats and full-fat dairy products and eating more vegetables, beans, fruits and whole grains.
  • Vitamin D – You can find vitamin D in some types of oily fish, milk, fortified cereals and cheese. Exposure to sunlight for short periods of time also boosts vitamin D.
  • Calcium – Calcium is very important for maintaining and rebuilding bones. To get dietary calcium, drink low-fat milk and eat dairy products, fish, dark-green leafy vegetables and foods that have added calcium.
  • Vitamin D and Calcium Supplements – Your doctor may recommend you take calcium and vitamin D supplements in addition to your regular medicines if you are at risk for bone loss or bone thinning because of breast cancer treatments. These supplements are the same supplements that many aging women take to lower their risk for fracture and osteoporosis.
Farmers market season is underway!
Wherever your travels take you over the next few months, you always can find an upcoming farmers market at minnesotagrown.com or view the weekly farmers markets at CentraCare.com. CentraCare works to improve the health of our communities by building a network and culture to sustain it. Our goal is to teach and expand people’s knowledge of cooking, create better awareness of where your food is from, keeping your foods “whole,” limiting processed foods and cultivating healthful habits for children. Visit a farmers market near you to support our local farmers and economy — as well as healthy eating habits!
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