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7 Ways To Prevent Uterine Fibroids

7 Ways To Prevent Uterine Fibroids

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Uterine fibroids occur in 20 percent to 80 percent of women between the ages of 30 and 50. Women who are at risk of developing fibroids may wonder how to prevent uterine fibroids. The exact cause as to how fibroids develop is unknown, as are the methods to prevent them from forming. However, experts have been able to identify certain risk factors, treatments, and complications that may aid in the understanding of uterine fibroids. There are also many ongoing studies that have found significant indicators of what may aid in fibroid prevention.

Identify the risk factors of developing Uterine Fibroids: As a woman ages, the risk of developing uterine fibroids increases.

A family history of fibroids can increase a woman’s risk of developing fibroids up to 3 times above average. Women of African descent are 3 times more likely to develop fibroids than Caucasian women. They also tend to develop them earlier and more severely. Women who are overweight are more likely to develop fibroids.

Watch your weight: Losing weight can potentially help to prevent fibroid. Studies indicate that obesity can increase your risk by 2 to 3 times more than average for developing uterine fibroids. Keep your weight at the recommended level based upon your height and body type. Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI), which is weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared, or weight in lb divided by height in inches squared, then multiply by 703. A healthy BMI is between 18.5 and 25. If your BMI is above 25, take steps to reduce your weight now.

Exercise regularly: Studies also indicate that the more a woman exercises, the more likely she will not develop uterine fibroids.

Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables: Studies indicate that a diet high in fruits and green vegetables may protect a woman from developing fibroids.

Reduce red meat consumption: Studies indicate that consuming large amounts of beef and ham can contribute to a higher risk of developing fibroids.

Eating fish such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna may reduce the inflamed tissues of uterine fibroids.

Pregnancy and childbirth: Understand that pregnancy and childbirth may have protective effects against developing uterine fibroids.

Practice stress reduction techniques: Stress can deplete progesterone in the body and lead to a surge of estrogen. Taking the time to de-stress can help prevent fibroids. Also get adequate sleep, since lack of proper sleep can contribute to stress.

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