|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.