Examining the Link between Diet and Fibroids

doctor conducts a medical examination of a girl who has pain in the lower abdomen Uterine fibroids present a unique challenge for women. Pain and heavy bleeding can make it a challenge to go through your daily routine and pose a significant threat to your quality of life. However, many experts are unsure why some factors beyond the patient’s control can increase the likelihood of developing uterine fibroids. However, one lesser-known variable can play a role in developing uterine fibroids: your diet. Some foods contain hormonal properties that raise your chances of fibroid growth. Although there can be many causes for fibroid development, our office can help. Here is a closer look at the role your diet can play in fibroid growth and what we can do to provide relief.

Processed Meats

If your diet includes heavy consumption of processed meat, consider cutting back. Many processed types of meat contain added chemicals to preserve the flavor and shelf-life of the product. While these chemicals may help the products last longer, regular consumption of processed meat can wreak havoc on your body, namely, your hormones. Research suggests that many processed meat types have high estrogen concentrations, and consistently ingesting these products can throw your hormones out of balance and possibly cause fibroid growth.

High-Salt Foods

Many people enjoy having a salty dish now and then, but having salty foods too often can create problems. Not only can a salty diet increase your risk of raising your blood pressure, but a high-salt diet can cause your liver to work harder than it’s accustomed to. Your liver plays a critical role in eliminating toxins from your body, and overeating salt can slow your liver down, throwing off your hormones and increasing the risk of fibroids.

Refined Carbohydrates

If you have a sweet tooth, there is a significant chance that the foods you crave are packed with refined carbohydrates. While having refined carbohydrates is ok in moderation, excessive consumption can cause hormonal imbalances. Many white food products, such as cookies, pasta, and white rice, can make your body produce more insulin and raise your blood sugar. If this happens, it causes dormant fibroids to grow larger and cause health concerns.

How We Can Help

Uterine fibroids have many potential causes, but our office has the tools to help provide you relief and restore your quality of life. For instance, we specialize in Uterine Fibroid Embolization, the process that involves cutting off the blood flow to fibroids, helping them to shrink. To find out if UFE is the best procedure for your needs, please schedule a consultation at one of our 3 locations by calling us at 703-763-5224.

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