Diabetes drugs may have a bonus side effect — attacking breast cancer. According to a story today, a protein used by diabetes patients that regulates sugar metabolism has also been found to combat breast cancer tumors. The protein, already a known foe of type 2 diabetes, appears to not only lessen the severity of tumors, but also slow the spread of additional tumors in a woman’s breasts. Researchers are eager to use this protein as a way to treat breast cancer in the future.
Diabetes medications aren’t the only recent advancement in breast cancer research. Reuters is also reporting that beta-blockers may also improve breast health. Taking beta-blockers, which are generally used to lower high blood pressure, has been shown to improve the odds of beating breast cancer. Though the scientists still need to conduct additional research before making any firm conclusions, they are cautiously optimistic that it may save women’s lives.
For further prevention, it”s important to get mammograms regularly after age 40 and to take care of your general health. Science has also identified four great superfoods that can help you to maintain healthy breasts:
- Soy: People who eat this protein are less likely to develop breast cancer.
- Cruciferous veggies: Munch on broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens and Brussels sprouts.
- Flax or sesame seeds: Eating them ground up instead of whole helps you to absorb the nutrients better.
- Fish oil supplement: Fatty fish, such as sardines, salmon, and mackerel, may also do the trick.