Friday, January 24, 2014

WHO IS AT RISK OF DEVELOPING FIBROIDS?


Age: Because fibroids are estrogen-dependent tumors, they’re most common in premenopausal women in their 30s and 40s. After menopause, when estrogen levels naturally decrease, fibroids generally shrink or disappear.
Heredity: If a woman’s mother or sister has fibroids, she’s at increased risk of developing them herself. In fact, a woman whose mother has fibroids has three times the risk of developing them.
Race: Black women are more likely to have fibroids than white women. In addition, black women tend to develop fibroids at a younger age, have more or larger tumors, and develop symptoms faster and with more severity than women in other ethnic groups. Studies have suggested that eight in 10 black women will develop fibroids at some point in their lives.
Obesity: Obese women are considered to have two to three times the risk of developing fibroids than women of average weight.
Does Diet Affect Fibroid Development?
Research has suggested a relationship may exist between diet and the growth of uterine fibroids. More than a decade ago, a study by Chiaffarino and colleagues published in Obstetrics & Gynecology reported that uterine fibroids were associated with the consumption of ham and beef. The study indicated that a high intake of green vegetables has a protective effect against fibroids.
 

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