Sugar consumption increases breast pain, breast density, fibrocystic breast conditions, and a special form of breast problems in diabetic women.
Here’s what you need to do: keep your sugar intake to under 10% of total energy, even 5% would be better reducing your intake to 25 grams or 6 teaspoons of sugar per day. The WHO issued it’s guidelines about reduction of sugar consumption can be read for more specific information. One study showed that even cutting out 3 sweetened beverages per week could reduce your risk of breast cancer significantly. Or switching your sugar drinks for ones made with just a bit less sugar.
We have known that too much sugar consumption can cause breast pain. In general less sugar in the diet can reduce many symptoms.
Sugar that is uncontrolled as in diabetes is particularly bad for breast health. There is a breast condition often mistaken for a case of fibrocystic breast condition, but it’s not. It’s the Diabetic Firm Breast Disease: DFBD. Women with uncontrolled blood sugars are more predisposed, but not all women with uncontrolled diabetes gets this condition. For those living with diabetes, they know there are many options for sugar control, and for more information look at American Diabetes Association. And watch for sugar calories where you are least likely to count them, like your drinks, for a count of calories in beverages look at this industry report.
Women with dense breasts and or painful breast should look for hidden sources of sugar in their diet. Another hidden source of sugar imblance: medications and supplements such as glucosamine. Glucosamine can cause blood sugar and blood insulin disorder, and even has been shown to kill pancreatic cells! You don’t need a mammogram to determine if you have dense breasts, you can also be diagnosed by breast ultrasound or breast examination by a clinician.
Reduced sugar and plant based diets will help relieve breast pain.
A National Institutes of Health–funded study conducted by the University of Texas found that high sugar consumption (the amount in a typical Western diet) is linked to an increase in breast cancer tumor growth and spread of cancer, so lowering overall sugar consumption is very easy and wise way of helping protect women against breast cancer.