Progress against breast cancer is continuing due to research, education, and public health fronts, according to Dr. Tasneem Bhatia, of the Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine, who recently researched and summarized the latest breast cancer findings from six contemporary research studies at the National Institutes of Health. The goal of collaborating such a large amount of research data and providing it to the public is to provide communities with advanced information on cancer prevention and to save lives.
In her research, Dr. Bhatia’s expert insight sheds light on the newly recognized role insulin regulation plays in hormone failure and its importance in cancer prevention, saying, “Few women understand the implications of insulin levels fluctuating through the day, or the role of blood sugar regulation in cancer prevention and hormone health.” Insulin regulates blood sugar levels, but when insulin levels are “abnormally high or erratic” — often due to poor sleep, chronic stress or weight gain, it can influence cancer risks and hormone health. She advises women to understand their insulin and blood sugar levels, as well as eating at “regular intervals through the day” and decreasing the amount of sugar and refined carbohydrates. She also stresses that inconsistent sleep is “one of the biggest triggers for insulin resistance.”
In addition, Dr. Bhatia uncovered progressive research reports concluding that stress “continues to be an endocrine disruptor and a major risk factor for cancer. Dr. Bhatia agrees the research correlates with her personal experience and years of medical practice, saying, “So many patients that can link the expression of their cancer to chronic stress or a traumatic personal even. Managing stress and creating a stress recovery plan has to be a part of cancer prevention”.
Pioneering studies now suggest chronic inflammation “can set the stage for activation of cancer genes or just disrupt hormone regulation – chronic aches and pains should not be ignored; they are often early cues to a body out of balance” Bhatia adds. She recommends, “Follow an anti-inflammatory diet and pay attention to digestive health, often the root of inflammation,” as well as having inflammatory markers checked annually.
Bhatia also referenced a recent study that concluded a “cocktail” of chemicals “was found to be the link to cancer”, compared to the risk posed by single chemicals. She explains, “It is known that many chemicals are hormone disruptors and are playing a significant role in hormone failure.” While people may not be able to control their exposure completely, Bhatia says, “Understand there is chemical load and toxin exposure on a regular basis. The four main areas of chemical exposure for most people are food, body care products, air and water.”
Genetic markers are also an important factor, according to state of the art research, Bhatia says, “While BRACA may be the most well-known genetic marker in the discussion of breast cancer, there are newer genetic terms that probably deserve a seat at the table. Methylation abnormalities or the MTHFR gene should also be part of the conversation.” She also notes that hormone failure is more common with the gene defects, adding, “It has been found that patients with these defects often need specific micronutrients and are more susceptible to chemicals.” She recommends women with a strong family history of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, hormone mediated diseases, or breast cancer, become familiar with the meaning of the term methylation. She adds, “Know your genetics and understand the newer players at the gene-cancer table.”
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