Tag Archives: breast cancer

  • Magnesium Supplement: Hot Flash Relief

    Good news from researchers about reducing the symptoms of menopause, even if you're a breast cancer survivor: Magnesium can reduce hot flashes caused by breast cancer drugs. A recent study published in Natural Standard shows that breast cancer patients taking magnesium supplements experienced fewer hot flashes per week than women not taking the supplement. Hot flash relief is here, ladies!

    Women who survive breast cancer often experience hot flashes from the anti-estrogen treatment, tamoxifen (brand name Nolvadex). Aromatase inhibitors also cause severe hot flashes in breast cancer patients. In the study, 20 breast cancer patients experiencing at least 14 hot flashes per day were given magnesium oxide at 400 mg per day for 4 weeks, increasing to 800 mg a day if necessary (which it was in 17 of the 20 patients). The key findings of the study were that magnesium supplementation significantly reduced the frequency of hot flashes (a 41.4 percent reduction), and more than half of the patients studied had a reduction of more than 50 percent. There were also significant reductions in fatigue, sweating and distress.

    Magnesium can be powerful for a lot of other health issues, too. Additional health benefits of magnesium include a reduction in cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's disease, insulin resistance, osteoporosis, migraines, asthma and so much more (Find out more here!).

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  • Obesity, exercise and breast cancer

    Research has shown that obesity may increase the risk of estrogen-dependent breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Now, a recent study in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention suggests that obesity may also increase the risk of triple-negative breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease that is not fueled by estrogen and usually has a poor prognosis.

    The researchers analyzed data from 155,723 postmenopausal women who participated in a large-scale study called the Women's Health Initiative. The women were categorized into four groups, depending on their body mass index (BMI) scores. After an average follow-up period of 7.9 years, 2,610 women were diagnosed with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, and 307 were diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer. The authors found that women with the highest BMIs were 35 percent more likely to develop triple-negative breast cancer and 39 percent more likely to develop other types of breast cancer than those with the lowest BMIs. Additionally, women who exercised the most had a lower risk of developing both estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer and triple-negative breast cancer compared to those who did not exercise.

    Exercise is also vital for women whose breast cancer is in remission. In a 2005 American Medical Association study, researchers found that women who did at least four hours of moderate exercise per week—such as walking at an average pace—substantially reduced their risk of cancer recurrence.

    If you're a survivor and are interested in finding a community of other survivors to work out with, look into your local chapter of Team Survivor, an organization created just for this purpose.

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