Takahashi Murahara writes:
From the case report of Mrs. Yuki Masuda, I found some risk factors to breast cancer as follows:
(1) She is approximately 15 kilos overweight.
(2) She likes to stay at home; she doesn't exercise much.
(3) She is a moderate drinker.
(4) She eats quite a bit of beef and pork.
(5) She uses a lot of sweet coconut oil or margarine.
(6) She dislikes most vegetables.
(7) She prefers to eat Western-style desserts like rich cakes and ice cream and occasionally she likes to eat three or four desserts at one time.
(8) Women in her family become overweight as they get older.
In a word, I suggest that Mrs. Yuki Masuda remove these risk factors mentioned above. Then, I will explain why these things can be risk factors of breast cancer.
Women who eat diets rich in animal foods develop breast cancer at a significantly higher rate, and this is because they develop more estrogen (a female hormone). Many studies show that high-fat, low-fiber diets are linked with higher levels of female hormones and higher risks for breast cancer. As you know, dietary fiber in vegetables have a good effect on bowel movement and reduction of absorption of fat in the intestinal tract. So, if a patient like Mrs. Masuda eats more vegetables, she can reduce her weight and HDL-levels in her blood serum. Vegetables have another important role. Vitamins in vegetables act as antioxidants in the body. Free radicals which were produced by hyperoxidation can injure the cell in the body, and are linked to possible risks for cancer.
In addition, the fact that all the women in Mrs. Masuda's family become overweight as they get older indicates the possibility that all the women in her family have the same tendency toward eating an unbalanced diet.
When I speak with Mrs. Masuda, here are some of the points I want to cover. First, I recommend her that she take moderate exercise everyday, which helps her consuming excessive fats in the body. Second, I suggest her that she reduce fat in her diets. Concretely, she try to eat fish and lean chicken instead of beef and pork. Fish contains good proteins and little fat. Lean chicken also good for lowing intake of fat. I also suggest that she eat more vegetables to intake vitamins and dietary fibers. Finally, not only her but also women in her family must practice these advice above. The reason for suggesting this is that her habit of eating is influenced by her family and vice-versa. The habits in life (one's life style) strongly concerned with adult diseases, so these days, we call adult diseases "life style diseases".
Finally, let me add a few more words about drinking alcohol. According to some studies about breast cancer, the best established dietary risk factor is alcohol intake, which appears to increase risk for breast cancer even among moderate drinkers, to be sure. But moderate intake of alcohol has also various good influences to the body. It helps relaxing our body and spirit (reducing stress), extending a blood vessel, secreting gastric juice, and so on. I think it is good for her health to enjoy pleasant party over some alcohol with friends once in a while, so I don't always recommend her to give up drinking. But I would like her to take care of the quantity of alcohol and calorie, and check her body at hospital regularly.
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