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How a Mediterranean Diet Can Decrease Risks of Breast Cancer

Update Date: Mar 07, 2017 08:42 AM EST

A major study suggests that eating a Mediterranean diet helps in reducing the risks of one of the worst types of breast cancer by 40 percent. A Mediterranean diet is a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, nuts, fish, olive oil, and whole grains.

In the UK alone, every year, 53,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, Telegraph UK reports. This number can go down if women would lean into a Mediterranean diet, according to experts. In a major study conducted by more than 60,000 women over the past two decades revealed that a Mediterranean diet reduces the risks of developing an aggressive form of breast cancer.

The study, funded by the World Cancer Research Fund tracked women between 55 and 69 for two decades and found that those who adhered closely to a Mediterranean diet had lower chances of acquiring breast cancer.

A Mediterranean Diet pattern includes a high intake of plant-based proteins from nuts, beans, and lentils. It is also composed of good fats such as olive oil, whole-grains, and fish. This diet encourages a low intake of refined grains such as white bread, white rice, red meat, and sweets

Mirror UK, on the other hand, reports that those being already treated for breast cancer increases their survival chances by eating a diet rich in soy. The same research, conducted at the Maastricht University in the Netherlands involved more than 62,000 women for 20 years. Evidence found in the study also suggests that a Southern European diet also decreases the chances of post-menopausal in women getting estrogen-receptor negative breast cancer.

The rich nutrients in the Mediterranean diet are what experts speculate as for the reason why it cuts the chances of acquiring breast cancer by 40 percent. However, regular consumption of alcohol, another concept that is included in the Mediterranean diet has been excluded in the diet since it is already an established risk factor for breast cancer.

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