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Who is at risk for uterine fibroids?

There are various factors that can increase a woman's risk of developing fibroids.

  • Age.

    Fibroids become more common as women age, especially during the 30s and 40s through menopause. After menopause, fibroids usually shrink.

  • Family History.

    Having a family member with fibroids increases your risk. If a woman's mother had fibroids, her risk of having them is about three times higher than average.

  • Ethnic Origin.

    All are affected, however, Asians and African Americans are disproportionately affected.

  • Obesity.

    Women who are overweight are at higher risk for fibroids. For very heavy women, the risk is two to three times greater than average.

  • Eating Habits.

    Eating a lot of red meat (e.g., beef) and ham is linked with a higher risk of fibroids. Eating plenty of green vegetables seems to protect women from developing fibroids.



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