Breast cancer is a deadly disease which affects thousands of women every year. In order to avoid it, many women try everything they can do, but instead only increase the risk of this fatal disease. According to a study conducted at the Kaiser Permanente, women diagnosed with breast cancer who were consuming a full-fat dairy diet had significantly increased risk of breast cancer than women who didn’t. To put it simply, drinking milk every day can increase your risk of the deadly disease!
Breast cell growth is stimulated by the estrogen hormone, and this includes the growth of the hormone receptor positive breast cancer cells. Estrogen is produced and stored in fat cells, with the majority of experts claiming that most dairy products from the USA and Western countries contain dangerous levels of both estrogen and progesterone, as the milk often comes from pregnant cows. Knowing this, it’s safe to assume that low-fat dairy products contain lower levels of the hormones, which is why experts recommend these products to women suffering from breast cancer. The study we mentioned earlier managed to isolate the following full-fat dairy products as the most dangerous ones: whole milk, condensed or evaporated milk, pudding, ice cream, custard, flan, cheese, yogurt and butter.
The subjects were monitored closely over a period of 12 years and the results were shocking! The study discovered that women who consumed one or more full-fat servings of dairy products daily had a 64% higher chance of dying from any disease and a 49% chance of dying from breast cancer compared to women who consumed low-fat dairy.
However, even though the results are terrifying, we shouldn’t jump to conclusions. Although the study found a relation between full-fat dairy products and fatal breast cancer outcome, it didn’t prove that one leads to the other, which is why more research is needed on the matter. Until this happens, every woman needs to follow some rules which should significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer. Here are a few tips:
- Quit smoking;
- Exercise every day;
- Take all the drugs your doctor prescribed;
- Maintain a healthy body weight;
- Start eating a healthy diet;
- Avoid drinking alcohol.