Low-Fat Diet May Decrease The Risk Of Breast Cancer

June 22, 2015


As post-menopausal women are most prone to breast cancer, scientists have started looking for ways to decrease the rate of this deadly disease for this age group, and it seems that low-fat diet might be the answer.

A recent study conducted by Colleen Doyle, MS, RD, director of nutrition and physical activity for the American Cancer Society, shows that post-menopausal women with weight problem have 3.2 times greater chance of breast cancer than women of a healthy weight.

In order to make the research credible, the scientists took into account several other factors that can have an impact on breast cancer risk – woman’s age, woman’s age at menopause, family history of breast cancer, and history of childbearing.

Low-Fat Diet To The Rescue

“Among breast cancer survivors, researchers are beginning to associate excess weight with an increased risk of recurrence and mortality,” says Colleen Doyle, and adds: “It’s tempting to think that a low-fat or vegetable-filled diet would reduce breast cancer, but the association between these diets and breast cancer prevention really hasn’t panned out.”

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Adopting the low-fat diet is a win-win situation as the study showed a connection between a low-fat diet and reduced risk of breast cancer recurrence, while all the women who participated in the research also managed to lose a lot of weight.

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