Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama for January 27, 2015:
1. Invest early in life. When most people think about investing on a monthly basis, they tend to think of growth of their account in 'linear' terms. A linear progression is a straight but rising line. However, the effect of compounding creates geometric progression or a line that is rising but also 'bending' upwards. The importance of time in the equation of wealth accumulation cannot be underestimated. The compounding effect becomes more pronounced with the passage of time.
2. Invest early in the year. Many people will wait until about April 15 of this year to invest in their IRA for 2014. Instead of waiting until the last possible moment, there's a big advantage for those who invest, instead, at the earliest possible moment.
3. Prioritize investment contributions.
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• Stay at a Healthy Weight. While being overweight before the diagnosis of breast cancer seems to be the strongest predictor of recurrence, many doctors recommend maintaining a healthy weight for better health. Many women gain weight after a breast cancer diagnosis. The numbers could be as high as 60% to 70%. Some studies show that this could increase the risk of breast cancer recurrence and of heart disease. Less exercise, starting menopause, and some breast cancer treatments may be to blame for the increased weight gain.
• Eat Low Fat. Some studies shows that a low fat diet can lower the chances of recurrence. Focus on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats!
• Get Checked for Vitamin D. Low levels of vitamin D may be related to an increased risk of breast cancer. Taking more is not better, but if your levels are low, you need to get them into the normal, healthy range.
• Stay on Your Medicines. Be sure to stick with your medication regimen that your cancer doctor prescribes. Many women don't take their medicines as their doctor advises – this could lead to a cancer coming back.
• Exercise! Ten-year survival rates are higher for women who exercise.
If you are a breast cancer survivor! UAB researchers in my department are working with the National Cancer Institute on the BEAT - Better Exercise Adherence for Treatment - Cancer Study. They want to see if they can help breast cancer survivors exercise more to lower their stress levels and lower their chances of the cancer coming back. The 12-week program encourages women to walk at a healthy pace, beginning with 20 minutes a day, three times a week and working toward the recommended 150 minutes a week. During the program's first six weeks, enrollees will receive coaching from an exercise specialist. You may qualify for the BEAT study if you have ever been diagnosed with breast cancer, are 19 to 70 years old, and do not exercise more than 60 minutes a week. For more information, call (205) 975-1247 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.