- Question from Heatonjorenby: I have Stage IV metastasized breast cancer of the bone that appears to be in check. What is the nutritional diet you would recommend for someone like me? I am currently 45 lbs. above my ideal weight and would like to lose it.
- Answers - Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. Although you're overweight and are interested in losing weight it's also important to ensure you have a healthy protein storage and a healthy immune system. Therefore, any efforts to reduce weight should be closely supervised by a registered dietician so that your protein stores can be closely monitored and the weight loss is very slow and steady, thus not reducing your immune response in the process.
- Marisa Weiss, M.D. It is possible that medications like the aromatase inhibitors can help protect the overweight person from the risk that goes along with higher estrogen levels produced by fat. These medicines stop the production of estrogen by fat cells. This is an important area of study. Even with the benefit of these medicines, it's still important to try to get as close to your ideal body weight as possible. As Dr. Thomson has said, it really does take a combination of healthy eating as well as building increased activity levels into your everyday life.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Nutrition and Weight featured Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. and Marisa Weiss M.D. answering your questions about nutrition and weight.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in January 2005.
The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.
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