Breast Cancer in Women With Type 2 Diabetes – Iodine and Breast Health!

Breast Cancer in Women With Type 2 Diabetes – Iodine and Breast Health! – As you know, breast cancer is considered to be epidemic among women over fifty whether or not they have Type 2 diabetes. It’s still not clear whether hormone replacement therapy (HRT) increases your risk of breast cancer but there is actually more consensus in the medical research community over this issue than many others. That could be because the incidence of breast cancer in Western countries dramatically rises anyway after menopause… whether you are on HRT or not.
Scientists have found a clear connection between Type 2 diabetes and estrogen-stimulated breast cancer in women. Fortunately, one of the easiest ways to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer is simply to consume adequate amounts of iodine.
Iodine keeps the immune system healthy. It stimulates the growth of protective cells in the mucosa of the mouth, stomach, vagina, and nipples. It also keeps the breast healthy. The cells lining the milk ducts of the breast, where most breast cancers originate, actually have an ‘iodine pump’ in them, allowing them to take in this nutrient as it is available and when it is needed.
The importance of iodine in breast health is not just strengthening the immune system. It’s also important for keeping the linings of the ducts of the breasts from responding to estrogen. Estrogen stimulates the growth of breast tissue, both healthy and cancerous. When the effects of estrogen are blocked, the body’s self-defense systems have more opportunities to stop cancer even before it is diagnosed.
Physiologist James Wilson estimated that about 30 per cent of women have at least microscopic breast cell carcinomas at any given time, and that over 99 per cent of women will never know they have the disease… because various immune defense and DNA repair mechanisms stop the cancer before it spreads.
How can women be sure they are getting enough iodides for breast health? There are two basic ways. One is take a supplement called Iodoral. A 12.5 mg tablet every other day is enough.
The other way to be sure of getting enough of this vital element for breast health is to eat kelp, dulse, and other sea vegetables. A single serving four or five days a week provides the body with all the iodides it needs.
Often women with Type 2 diabetes take other medications including thyroid replacement hormones (Synthroid or Armour Thyroid), or if you have high blood pressure or you take medication for arrhythmia, see your physician before adding iodine to your diet. But know that iodine is often the missing element in successful nutritional programs for maintaining breast health.