Study Finds Mediterranean Diet Prevents Breast Cancer

March 19, 2023 6:46 am3 commentsViews: 84

In a new study researchers have found Mediterranean diet helps in reducing the risk of oestrogen-receptor negative breast cancer by about 40 percent.

Mediterranean diet is rich in vegetables, nuts, fish and olive oil. It keeps white bread, red meat and sweets to a minimum. Alcohol is a part of it but the researchers kept it away in their study as it has been earlier linked to cancer.

Mediterranean diet includes high intakes of plant-based proteins like whole grains, fish, beans, lentils, nuts and healthy monounsaturated fats such as olive oil.

Oestrogen-receptor negative breast cancer in post-menopausal women is more likely to be fatal compared to other types of cancer. It is harder to treat too.

One-third of 55,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer in the United Kingdom have such form of cancer each year. More than 11,000 women die out of the disease in the country every year.

The study was led by professor of Maastricht University in the Netherlands, Piet van den Brandt. He and his team studied about 62,000 women for a period of more than twenty years.

Professor Brandt said, “Our research can help to shine a light on how dietary patterns can effect our cancer risk.”


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