Fat Cells Make Estrogen (And What You Can Do About That)


Fat Cells Make Estrogen And What You Can Do About That
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The Fat Estrogen Connection

Why are we continually being told in order to cut our breast cancer risk, we need to lose weight?  Because fat cells make estrogen.  Why is that a problem?

The more fat you carry, the more estrogen you produce and vice versa.  The biggest majority of breast cancer tumors are fueled by an over-abundance of estrogen.

High calorie, fattening foods affect the body in many ways and have a strong influence on hormonal activity.  Things like fried foods, refined sugars, white bread, and so on should be avoided.

Estrogen is a normal and essential hormone for both women and men, but the more estrogen there is circulating in the blood, the greater the driving force behind some kinds of breast cancer.  When women adopt a low-fat diet, their estrogen levels drop noticeably in a very short time.  Please note it is very important to have healthy fats in your diet like flaxseed and coconut oil, avocados, etc. These healthy fats will not increase your breast cancer risk and, in fact, are extremely beneficial for risk reduction.

To complicate matters, fat cells are loaded with aromatase, an enzyme required for the biosynthesis of estrogen.  The higher your percentage of body fat, the more estrogen you can produce and the fatter you will be unless you control your diet and use supplements and exercise to lower estrogen production.  As you reduce stored body fat, your estrogen conversion will lessen as well.

Other problems are associated with a high fat diet and obesity – back problems, stress on joints, skin disorders, edema – all kinds of things you wouldn’t normally think of.

5 Tips To Get You On The Right Path

  1. Make Sure You Are Not Dehydrated – there is an inverse relationship between water consumption and fat accumula­tion in the body. The less water you drink, the more you will want to eat. The more you eat, unless you are physically active, the more you store fat and there are specific reasons for that.  The sensations of thirst and hunger are generated simultaneously by your brain to indicate the brain’s needs for energy.  We often do not recognize the sensation of thirst and interpret both indicators as the urge to eat, doing so even when the body really just wants water, the infinitely cleaner source of energy.  Water is required for all physiological functions of the body.  Water has two direct effects in preventing obesity — firstly, by providing clean energy for the brain, it avoids the storage of fat from excess food intake, and secondly, by constantly activating fat-burning enzymes, water helps with breaking up fat reserves when the body is going through the process of recycling its fat stores.  How much water should you drink?  Half your body weight (lbs) in ounces, for instance if you weigh 120 lbs, you should drink 60 oz of water daily.  For most adults, 2-3 liters of water per day will be sufficient.  Also, add a 1/2 teaspoon of Himalayan salt for every ten glasses of water you drink to replace what you’re washing through you.
  2. Seek Some Emotional Support – the maintenance of obesity can often be caused by an emotional problem.  Who hasn’t had a fight with their spouse and then reached for the chocolate?  These patterns need to be addressed and a new routine adhered to. Counseling in this regard is extremely important, but the patient must be cooperative in wanting to change their diet and lifestyle.  Fad diets rarely work since the underlying emotional patterning is almost never addressed, paving the way for a return to old eating and lifestyle habits.
  3. Get More Exercise – this part may seem obvious, but many often skip it, in favor of the popular diet of the week.  Nothing is better than old fashioned exercise and it doesn’t need to something you don’t like.  If you aren’t crazy about gym workouts, go to a dance class.  Go hiking.  Get on a bicycle and go somewhere fun!  Have fun with it.  If you need to consult with a qualified instructor to consider any ancillary health problems caused by obesity, please do that.  Aim to build up to 30 minutes of exercise five days a week.
  4. Get Your Vitamin D Levels Checked – vitamin D suppresses the aromatase enzyme.  Also studies have shown that most women diagnosed with breast cancer are hugely deficient in vitamin D.
  5. Supplements – Your body finds it difficult to metabolize fat when it lacks nutrients and minerals. It is a very good idea to start juicing, but if you can’t do that, at least take multivitamins to supply your body with the needed nutrients especially if you are not eating healthy foods. The best thing about multivitamins is they are affordable, easy to take and available anytime and anywhere. They have almost all the nutrition your body needs when you are losing weight keeping your body functioning normally.  If you need help choosing some key supplements that will assist your particular needs, contact me.

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4 thoughts on “Fat Cells Make Estrogen (And What You Can Do About That)

  1. I just found your website and this article cinched me to come back. I treadmill 7/30 minutes because of my dense breast tissue makes me a WAR lady (woman at risk-Dr Susan Love MD coined).

    Forget the showy gym membership or dance class (that an add on) get a cheap treadmill and get on it every morning.

    Watch your estrogen foods, personal care items, and so forth. It is a war not to get BC or Ovarian Cancer. We live in a toxic world. And watch your WOE (way of eating).

    I’m in 2 BC Prevention groups of tenacious women, fighting for cleaner choices.

    1. Hi Laura,
      Thanks for your comments. I’m glad to hear you are being so proactive with your prevention efforts. That’s a much better way, rather than waiting until you have a diagnosis. What is that old saying… an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! So true. If I can help you with anything (such as sharing my list of the best supplements to take for prevention) let me know.
      Warmest regards,

    1. Marci,
      Thanks for your comment. While it’s true that good fats are absolutely essential to good health, anyone who has had estrogen driven breast cancer needs to not only consume healthy fats like flaxseed and coconut oils, but to also adopt a low fat diet – ie no trans fats, no fried foods, potato chips, refined sugar, etc so as to keep estrogen levels down. As I mention here, fat cells create estrogen and if you have estrogen driven cancer, a high fat diet is not a good thing. I’m sorry if that wasn’t clear in my article. Thank you for the chance to clarify the matter.
      Warmest regards,
      Marnie Clark

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