Recent research published online in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests that a Mediterranean diet might lower breast cancer risk. In their study, the investigators used a dietary questionnaire given to more than 65,000 postmenopausal women to examine the association between dietary habits and breast cancer risk. Using this questionnaire, two dietary patterns emerged, an "alcohol/Western" pattern (included but not limited to: meat, french fries, appetizers, rice/pasta, potatoes, pizza/pies, cakes, butter, and alcoholic beverages) and a "healthy/Mediterranean" pattern (included vegetables, fruits, seafood, olive oil, and sunflower oil). The "alcohol/Western" pattern was associated with an increased breast cancer risk, while the "healthy/Mediterranean" pattern was associated with a reduction in breast cancer risk. The study researchers concluded that following a diet rich in vegetables, fruit, fresh seafood, and olive/sunflower oil in addition to avoiding unhealthy foods might support a reduction in breast cancer risk. You can read the study summary HERE.
This new study confirms other research and increases our breast cancer awareness in regards to the importance of proper nutrition. Many foods have been suggested to have an important impact on breast cancer incidence, some negatively and some positively. An ever-growing body of scientific literature supports the idea that eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy body weight and avoiding certain foods/beverages might lower one's breast cancer risk. Despite all the evidence, many of us frequently choose less healthy options. Making the decision to follow a healthy diet can have many benefits including a possible reduction in breast cancer risk.
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