|PREVENTING BREAST CANCER|
U.S. News & World Report September 3, 2009
This new research adds to the growing body of knowledge about actions women can take to lower their breast cancer risk. The new report is an update of previous research, adding results of 81 new studies to more than 800 other studies that have followed women in the United States and around the world to see who develops breast cancer and who doesn't.
Here are the recommendations for women in the form of steps they can take to protect themselves:
Breastfeeding. New mothers should breast-feed exclusively for up to six months -- the evidence is convincing that mothers who breast-feed reduce their risk for breast cancer.
Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. Do as much as you can to meet this goal. Some exercise is better than none at all.
Be lean but not underweight. A healthy body mass index (weight in kilograms divided by weight in meters squared) is defined as being above 18.5 but no greater than 25. Women closer to the lower end of the healthy weight range have the most protection from breast cancer.
Limit alcohol consumption. If you drink at all, limit your intake to one serving a day.
To this list I would add take sufficient Vitamin D3 to put your test results in the 50-70 ng/ml range. This is the optimal range of Vitamin D—much different than the lab range reported in the tests.
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