Healthy Living Can Prevent Breast Cancer: Lake County Resources

Research shows good nutrition and exercise can help prevent breast cancer. Here are some resources around the area to help you stay healthy.

You might be able to find help fighting breast cancer and other types of cancers at your local grocery store and fitness centers, according to the research findings of Dr. Marian Neuhouser, Ph.D, RD. 

Dr. Neuhouser is a nutritional epidemiologist with a background in nutritional sciences. She is an investigator at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Her research is focused on lifestyle factors such as nutrition and physical activity. Some factors may prevent breast and prostate cancer and improve survivorship in those diagnosed with cancer.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year, more than 200,000 American women are diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 American women will die from breast cancer.

Dr. Neuhouser’s research has found that for postmenopausal women in particular, being overweight or obese may increase the risk for breast cancer.

Dr. Neuhouser explains, “After menopause, estrogens are synthesized by adipose tissue—the more adipose a woman has, the more estrogen she will make. Adipose cells also synthesize inflammatory factors, which have been linked to breast cancer.”

One of the most important things a woman at risk for breast cancer can do, says Dr. Neuhouser, is to “maintain a healthy weight."  

Given what the research indicates, Dr. Neuhouser says, “One of the most important things is that if a woman is overweight or obese, she should be advised to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight. Daily physical activity and following healthy eating habits with plentiful fruits and vegetables and minimal empty calories and fried foods will help achieve these goals.”

Dr. Neuhouser says while it can be challenging to lose weight, “Small changes can add up and make a big difference."

When it comes to getting active, Dr. Neuhouser says, "If someone is not used to physical activity, try a five to ten minute walk and gradually increase the time. Having physical activity partners or walking partners always helps. I know my soccer team will be waiting for me on the field, so even if I am tired or busy, I still show up."

Lake County's website offers a series of online videos to help you Focus on Fitness and get you motivated to get moving. The video library offers everything from Zumba to cycling, stretching and walking, giving tips on proper form, target heart rates and more. You can watch the videos free of charge. Check out the Focus on Fitness initiative here.

For cancer patients, Northwestern Lake Forest Hosptial in Grayslake offers therapeutic yoga classes which uses its principles to relieve stress and promote recovery of injury and illness. Class is free for cancer survivors. To find out more, use this link.

When it comes to food, Dr. Neuhouser says, "Start with making one new food change each week. Instead of eating two cookies, eat just one.”

If you are concerned about your weight, Dr. Neuhouser suggests getting the support you need by asking your doctor for “ a referral to a reputable weight loss program.” For nutrition advice, Dr. Neuhouser recommends asking for a referral to a registered dietitian.

Locally, you can find support managing your weight through various nutritionists and dietitians.

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital offers nutrition services by appointment by calling 847-842-4130. Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville also offers nutrition counseling by calling 847-990-5770. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital in Grayslake offers dietitian and nutrition services for cancer patients every Thursday. For more information contact Edye Edye Wagner, RD, LDN, CDE, Manager of Clinical Nutrition Services at 847-535-6176.

Harmonic Nutrition and Wellness in Lake Barrington offers science-based, customized nutrition and lifestyle coaching services designed to empower families, adults and children in meeting their health goals.

Also, check out All Ways Healthy Natural Foods Center in Lake Zurich. The health and natural food store is owned by certified and licensed dietitian and nutritionist Carole Childers and offers herbs, supplements, homeopathic, natural and organic groceries, gluten-free products, personal care, and much more.

Be sure to check the Patch Directory at the top of the page to search for additional fitness and nutrition specialists in our area.


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