Are there specific risk factors that predispose women to fibroids?

There are a variety of risk factors that could cause a woman to be predisposed to have fibroids. According to the U.S. Department of Department of Health and Human ServicesOff Site Icon (HHS), including:

  • Age: Fibroids are more common as women age, especially as women go through their 30s and 40s though the time they start menopause
  • Eating habits: Eating a lot of ham and red meat is linked with having a higher risk of fibroids. Eating green vegetables can help women prevent fibroids
  • Ethnicity: Black women are more likely to develop fibroids than other women
  • Family history: If fibroids run in your family, you are at a higher risk of developing them also. A woman whose mother had fibroids is at three times higher risk of developing them
  • Obesity: Being overweight puts women at two to three times higher risk of having fibroids

For more information about risk factors of uterine fibroids, talk with your doctor.

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