Kunihiko Umekita writes:
Staying healthy is influenced by a
variety of factors, such as genetic influences, diet and physical exercise.
Interestingly, medical researchers have confirmed recently that moderate
drinking of alcohol protects against coronary disease in men and women
alike, but for some women, alcohol appears to be associated with an increase
in the risk of breast cancer. With regard to breast cancer and Mrs. Masuda's
case, women like her who eat diets rich in animal foods produce more estrogen
over their lifetimes and develop breast cancer at a significantly higher
rate. In other words, low-fat, high-fiber diets are linked with lower levels
of female hormones and a lower risk for breast cancer. But, Mrs. Masuda
takes a low-fiber, high-fat diet. For instance, she eats quite a bit of
beef and pork, dislikes vegetables, and consumes a lot of her food using
sweet coconut oil or margarine, etc.
So it is necessary for Masuda to take dietary fiber, to eat less of fatty meats like beef and try less-fatty meats like chicken, and not take sweet cake, ice cream, and food using coconut oil and margarine. If she still want to take sweet foods, I advise her to take fruits for dessert. Fruits contain dietary fiber and many vitamins. Dietary fiber removes LDL in her case, the LDL-level is very high), and cholesterol and vitamin C help prevent oxidizing other substances in the body. One of the risk factors is oxidized-substances in body. And she should eat soy beans and fish to take protein. Both soy beans and fish contain good amounts of protein, especially, fish which contains large quantities of HDL.
In addition, she must stop drinking alcohol. Alcohol raises the FFA (Float Fat Acid) level in the blood. Excessive FFA is stored by adipose tissues (fat cells). In short, even the moderate taking of alcohol makes fat in our body. Finally, she must do exercise. However, considering her age, it's difficult, perhaps, for her to take good effective exercise. For example, running around house, swimming for a long time and for long distances. But I have one good idea. I recommend that she not swimming but walking in water, not running but walking some distance at fast speed is a good daily exercise that many women her age are now practicing. Of course, I think this is good enough exercise not only for older women, but also young women and even some men.
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