New research proves that a low-fat diet can be greatly beneficial for breast cancer sufferers
Dr Rowan Chlebowski, a medical oncologist at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, recently led a study with some remarkable results.
It involved more than 2,400 women aged 48 to 79who’d all had early stage breast cancer
and received treatment between 1994 and 2001.
He wanted to confirm his suspicion that what you eat can increase your lifespan if you’re battling with breast cancer
And that’s exactly what he found...
About half of the women followed low-fat diets
. They received nutrition counselling and had to keep track of their fat intake. The researchers made unannounced calls annually to request 24-hour fat-intake records.
The remaining half of women didn’t receive counselling and didn’t have to follow a low-fat diet.
Not the women in the low-fat group reduced their fat intake by almost 10% total calories. They also lost an average of 2.7kg, the study authors noted. But it’s what it did for their breast cancer
survival rate that really impressed reserachers.
When Dr Chlebowski looked at all the women in the low-fat group and compared them to those who didn’t lower fat intake, he found that the rate of dying of breast cancer was lower in the low-fat group — 14% versus 17%.
Although only a 3% difference, he said it’s statistically significant nonetheless.
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Following a low fat diet reduces inflammation, which decreases cancer growth
Dr Chlebowski can’t explain why the low-fat diet helped. However, he reckons it’s because the diet and weight loss
And as we all know, reduced inflammation slows down cancer growth.
Commenting on the findings, Dr David Heber, founding director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, said: “It was the first study of its kind that got women over a long period of time to follow a low-fat diet to influence outcomes in breast cancer patients.”
The bottom line: Cut calories where you can to avoid prematurely dying of breast cancer
Based on this and other studies, Heber said his advice for all breast cancer patients is to reduce calories from fat to 20% or 25% of all calories, and to focus on healthy fats, such as omega-3s found in fish such as eggs, peanut butter, salmon, and so on.
Dr Anees Chagpar, associate professor of surgery at the Yale School of Medicine, said the study findings suggest that reducing dietary fat is a relatively simple way to possibly reduce the risk of premature death in women with breast cancer.
So, ladies, if you have breast cancer, slash your fat intake right away. It won’t only reduce your risk of dying of breast cancer – it’ll bring other benefits like keeping your heart healthy and assisting with weight loss
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