You have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids; a noncancerous growth on the lining of the uterus. The physician answers your questions about symptoms, risks and possible treatments. On the drive home, you have a sudden thought: what effect does uterine fibroids have on fitness?
How does exercise help uterine fibroid symptoms?
Estrogen and progesterone are two hormones most commonly produced during the menstrual cycle to replace the line of the uterine wall. Unfortunately, these hormones also contribute to the growth of uterine fibroids.
According to Livestrong.com, women that are overweight or obese are three times more likely to experience uterine fibroid symptoms due to increased estrogen production. Exercises that promote cardiovascular and aerobic activity can help to not only promote fat burn, but also may reduce estrogen levels present in the body. These exercises can include:
- Weight lifting
Does food impact uterine fibroids?
Your diet plays a critical role in your uterine fibroid symptom reduction. Mayo Clinic cites that environmental factors, such as the increased consumption of red meat and alcohol, can increase the risk of fibroid development.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, eating green vegetables and fruits can help to decrease uterine fibroid growth, in addition to a number of other health benefits. Maintaining a healthy diet and fitness routine can provide benefit and relief to your symptoms.
How can I find out more information?
Uterine fibroids impact the lives of women, and their loved ones, across the world. If you would like to learn more about your uterine fibroids, click HERE or contact Women’s Health Care Research team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your life is not defined by your diagnosis.