If you’re a teen or adolescent girl seeking a healthy diet, avoid a high fat diet for your life, literally, as this can pave the way to future breast cancer — even if you don’t become fat or overweight. This comes in from a Michigan State University study on the link between a high fat diet and breast cancer.
“The pubertal time period is crucial, as this is when the basic framework is created for mammary gland development,” says physiology professor Sandra Haslam, director of the MSU Breast Cancer and the Environmental Research Center. She adds, “What we are seeing from preliminary research in animals is that a high-fat diet during puberty can lead to the production of inflammatory products in the mammary glands of adults, which can promote cancer growth.”
More research is planned. In the meantime, adolescent and teen girls should take these research findings very seriously. You are never too young to think about terrible diseases that might strike you many years from now.
Teens do not have to live in the moment. It’s interesting that teen or even adolescent girls have no problem looking years ahead at their dream weddings, yet don’t consider what their health might be like years down the road. Well, it’s time to.
Eat a high fat diet now, and you may be paying a very heavy price later. Lay off the fried foods, potato chips and ice cream. Eat more poultry and fish, and less red meat and fast foods. Trade in whole milk for 1 percent. When you get used to 1 percent, drink skim milk. See if you can go weeks at a time without bacon or sausage.
Limit portion size of cookies, cakes, brownies and donuts. We all know how delicious these items are, but portion control, and frequency, are the keys. Take it easy on the butter and gravy. Ask yourself if you really need butter and gravy on your foods. Don’t drown your salads in fattening salad dressing.
All of these measures will help lower teen girls’ risk of future breast cancer. Another way for teen girls to cut their risk of breast cancer as adults is to exercise. Start now. It’s cool to work out. Don’t think you don’t need to exercise if you’re thin. Can you do a chin-up? If not, you’re weak and out of shape. Can you do a standard pushup (knees not touching the floor)? If not, you’re in bad shape. I’m a certified personal trainer, and youth doesn’t equate to automatic physical fitness. Young people need to exercise!
Teen and adolescent girls need to watch their fat intake — to lower breast cancer risk, and commit to exercise (swimming, dancing, sports, jogging, blading, etc.).