Healthy eating early in life may protect against later breast cancer.
Adolescent girls and young women who consumed a healthier diet had less breast cancer as they aged. Researchers found those who ate the highest amounts of dietary fiber had a 25% lower risk when compared with those who ate the lowest amounts. Both insoluble and soluble fiber consumption were beneficial. For each 10 gram increase in daily fiber intake the risk fell by 13%!
PositiveTip: Young women should eat plenty of fiber-rich foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Women with consistent sleep habits have lower body fat.
Researchers tracking 300 collegiate females' sleep patterns found that a consistent bedtime, and especially wake time, affected body fat. Women whose sleep and wake time varied more than 90 minutes during the week had higher body fat than those with less than 60 minutes of variation. Researchers believe that sleep pattern disruption affects physical activity patterns and hormones that regulate food consumption, leading to increased body fat.
PositiveTip: Instead of hitting the snooze button, jump out of bed and prevent unnecessary weight gain!
Drinking between menarche and first pregnancy increases breast cancer risk.
Consuming alcohol between their first period and first pregnancy increases the risk for breast cancer in women by a significant 11% for each 10 grams consumed per day, compared to those who did not drink. While this data was based on self-reported questionnaires, it is consistent with other findings that moderate alcohol consumption is significantly linked with breast cancer risk.
PositiveTip: Eliminate alcohol consumption to effectively lower breast cancer risk.
Obesity in young women raised the risk of depression in adulthood.
There as been much speculation as to whether obesity in young girls is a risk factor for depression later in life. Investigators have analyzed national data from over 5000 young women at ages 13-17 and again at ages 19-25. They found a 1.97 increase in depression risk among those who were consistently obese, and a 2.10 increase in those who became obese between the two points of the study. Stressful events did not alter these results.
PositiveTip: Parents should teach their young girls a positive and balanced attitude about weight, and provide them good examples of healthy eating and physical activity.