What You Need to Know About Fibroids and Weightloss
- Created: January 29, 2015
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A common symptom of fibroids is unexplained weight gain, often visualized by the distension of the abdomen. It is not uncommon for women with fibroids complain of having a pregnant-like belly from their fibroids, and the doctor often describes the uterus size as a number of weeks pregnant. Furthermore, professionals have noted a link between being overweight and developing fibroids.
Fibroid growth is triggered by estrogen, which can be overproduced by excess abdominal fat. This means that the more overweight you are, the more susceptible you are to fibroids, which may cause you to gain even more weight. This weight gain may be inadvertent, as other fibroid symptoms such as pain, pressure, and excessive bleeding may force women to limit their physical activity.
A great way to reduce fibroid burden, or prevent fibroid growth in some cases, is weight loss. This is particularly important if you are already carrying excess abdominal fat. Not only will you be healthier overall, but also it can slow fibroid growth, and relive some symptoms, such as a swollen midsection and abdominal pain and pressure.
You may be thinking that exercise may be impossible with the debilitating symptoms of your fibroids. However, changing your diet and cutting calories with light physical activity can make a difference. Simply by walking more and eating a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy. An easy way to kick start your diet is to exchange some high calorie processed foods or sugary drinks for low calorie whole foods options. This could be as simple as switching that bag of chips for a piece of fruit as an afternoon snack.
Although losing weight may not cure your fibroids, it can improve symptoms, and prevent further growth. For more information on possible treatment for fibroids, please visit fibroids.com or call the Fibroid Treatment Collective. You can speak with one of our helpful patient coordinators, or have a free consultation.