Are you wondering what you can do to prevent uterine fibroids? At USA Fibroid Centers, we believe in taking control of your health. But unlike other health conditions, fibroids have certain risk factors you just can’t control –– including your age, ethnicity, and family history.
Nonetheless, we have good news. There are still plenty of healthy lifestyle habits you can adopt to help reduce your risk, manage painful or uncomfortable symptoms, keep fibroids from growing, and possibly even shrink your fibroids.
Our fibroid specialists recommend:
- Exercising regularly
- Getting enough sleep
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Controlling your blood pressure
- Eating a fibroid diet
A “fibroid elimination” diet is not realistic, however some studies have indicated that eating or avoiding certain items can be great for preventative healthcare. Although eating healthy can be very beneficial for avoiding fibroids, there is no guarantee that a fibroid diet will work. If you suffer from painful and debilitating symptoms that regularly keep you from enjoying your daily activities, we recommend looking into specialized fibroid treatment.
Why Should I Consider a Fibroid Diet?
Although the exact cause of fibroids is still unknown, it’s likely there are several underlying contributors. Hormones that affect the uterine lining, such as estrogen and progesterone, along with genetics, other growth factors, and a substance called Extracellular Matrix (ECM), are all key factors in fibroid development.
Beyond that, you may be at increased risk of developing fibroids if you…
- Childbearing age
- Overweight or obese
- High blood pressure
- Deficient in certain nutrients
As we mentioned earlier, fibroids are a condition that cannot be directly predicted or controlled easily. That’s why we encourage our patients to do their best to maintain good habits to benefit their long term health. Reducing your risk for fibroids means maintaining a healthy weight, managing your blood pressure, eating a well-rounded diet, and getting enough of important nutrients like Vitamin D and potassium.
What Should I Eat On A Uterine Fibroid Diet Plan?
Along with helping you avoid uterine fibroids and related symptoms, eating a healthy diet has many other physical and emotional health benefits.
To follow a fibroid diet, we suggest that you eat and drink the following:
- Fresh and cooked vegetables, especially greens like spinach, lettuce, and broccoli
- A variety of brightly colored fresh fruits
- Beans and legumes
- Fish, especially oily ones like salmon or tuna
- White meats like chicken or turkey
- Low-fat milk, cheese, and other foods rich in Vitamin D
- Whole grains
- Potassium rich foods like potatoes, bananas, tomatoes, and avocado
- Green tea
Substances and foods to avoid with fibroid tumors include:
- Red meat
- High-fat, processed meats
- Any highly processed foods
- Added sugar of all types
- High sodium foods
- Soda and other sugary drinks
- Excess calories
If you have fibroids or are at risk for developing them, you may want to ask one of our fibroid specialists about visiting a nutritionist to get started on a uterine fibroid diet plan. It’s also generally a good idea to talk to your doctor before starting any new diet.
What Should I Do When a Fibroid Diet Isn’t Enough?
Despite your best efforts to follow a healthy lifestyle and an appropriate diet, you can still develop uterine fibroids, experience fibroid growth, or suffer from worsening symptoms. If fibroids are getting in the way of your career, social life, personal relationships, or self-esteem, we want you to know that you have options. Although some women are told hysterectomy is their only treatment choice, this is rarely true.
At USA Fibroid Centers, our experts offer a non-surgical treatment alternative called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). UFE is performed as an outpatient procedure, involves less risk than fibroid surgery, and has a relatively short recovery time of only one to two weeks. Because we believe in making minimally invasive fibroid treatment accessible for all, we have dozens of clinics located across the country.
- One of our interventional radiologists will use ultrasound imaging to map your fibroids
- A tiny catheter is inserted into your numbed upper thigh
- Next, we inject embolic material into the uterine artery
- This block blood flow and nutrients to the fibroid
- Your fibroid will shrink and eventually wither away
Contact USA Fibroid Centers
If you are worried about developing fibroids, or if you have questions about treatment options, give us a call. Our onsite representatives are happy to answer any questions you have to help you make an educated treatment decision. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is always the best way to ensure you are doing the most for your health and reducing any risk for long term conditions, like uterine fibroids.
If you are interested in learning more about how UFE can shrink your fibroids, eliminate your symptoms, and quickly get you back your freedom, schedule an initial consultation today with one of our leading fibroid experts. For your safety and convenience, we also offer telemedicine visits.