Yuki Hatano writes:
The risk factors for Mrs. Masuda developing breast cancer as well as other health problems are:
1) high LDL-level;
2) she doesn't exercise much;
3) she dislikes most vegetables;
4) she missunderstands healthy diet and lifestyle.
1) Cholesterol travels through the blood in different types of packages called lipoproteins. Among them, LDL (the low density lipoprotein) especially delivers cholesterol to the body. Too much cholesterol in your blood can raise your risk of a heart attack or a stroke. Extra cholesterol may be stored in your arteries (large blood vessels) and cause them to become narrow. The amount of cholesterol in an artery wall may be so large that the artery becomes blocked and blood can't flow through it. If an artery that supplies blood to your heart becomes blocked, you may have a heart attack. If an artery that supplies blood to your brain becomes blocked, you may have a stroke.
Cholesterol is a type of fat made by your liver. Cholesterol is also contained in certain foods that you eat, such as eggs, meat and dairy products. When you eat these foods often, the amount of cholesterol in your blood is increased. Rich cakes or ice cream you love contains much cholesterol. And you will take more fat in western-style diet than in a Japanese or other asian-styles. So it gives great benefit to you to try to take Japanese plates full of vegetables, seaweed, beans or sesame in your daily table.
2) Exercise is extremely important. Several animal studies have already suggested that exercise may help to reduce risk for cancer. You can raise your HDL (the high density lipoprotein that removes cholesterol from the blood stream and is good for your health) cholesterol level by exercising and losing weight (since you're overweight). And regular moderate exercise is essential for our healthier life.
3) Eating foods that are high in fiber can help relieve some problems with constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis and irritable bowel syndrome. Dietary fiber may help lower your cholesterol, as well. It may also help prevent heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer. Experts think that a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and grains -- and therefore correspondingly low in fat -- may help prevent cancer and other diseases, perhaps by strengthening the immune system.
4) Researchers had theorized that a high-fat diet was associated with breast cancer, in part because they knew that Asian women, who generally eat a diet much lower in fat than do Western women, have far lower rates of breast cancer. But fat may be a small part of that equation; other factors such as heredity, fewer environmental toxins, and even a high soybean intake may have a greater effect on keeping breast cancer rates low in Asian women. But some research has shown that when women move from a country with a low incidence of breast cancer, such as Japan, to a country with a high incidence, such as the United States, their breast-cancer risk goes up. Because Japanese women consume lower-fat diets than do U.S. women, researchers have hypothesized that a fat-rich diet is the cause behind the rise in cancer risk. Namely, the reason why fewer Asian womendevelop breast cancer than women in the West is simply because of the diet.
5) To skip eating breakfast isn't reasonable. Eat regular meals. Skipping meals can lead to out-of-control hunger, often resulting in overeating. When you're very hungry, it's also tempting to forget about good nutrition. Snacking between meals can help curb hunger, but don't eat so much that your snack becomes an entire meal.
So, I would advise you to obey the following rules:
1) Eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods. Your daily food selection should include bread and other whole-grain products; fruits; vegetables; dairy products; and meat, poultry, fish and other protein foods.
2) Enjoy plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
3) Don't skip eating breakfast.
4) Do moderate exescise. I recommend you walk 30 min. every day and try to move more on every occasion.
5) Reduce fat and sweets.
6) Use olive oil. 7) Develop more knowledge about diet and nutrition.
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