Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mediterranean Diet: Lowers Risk Of Breast Cancer

Women’s Health

Mediterranean Diet: Sarah G. Miller writes: “Martinez-Gonzalez agreed. Women should be encouraged to eat more extra-virgin olive oil, salads with fresh vegetables and have fruit for dessert, he said. Women's consumption of red meat and processed meat, sweet desserts, soda and fast food should be reduced, he said.”
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Source: LiveScience

Another study, this one from Spain, confirms the magnanimous benefits of the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in olive oil, salads and fish and poor in red and processed meats and dairy products. An article, by Sarah G. Miller, in Live Science says the following about the latest study:
In the study, researchers found that women who were asked to follow a Mediterranean diet that was high in extra-virgin olive oil were 68 percent less likely to develop breast cancer than those who were advised only to reduce the amount of fat in their diets.

In the study, 4,152 post-menopausal women who had never had breast cancer were asked to follow one of three diets: One was a Mediterranean diet rich in extra-virgin olive oil (extra-virgin olive oil accounted for 15 percent of their daily calories), the second was a Mediterranean diet rich in nuts, and the third was a control diet, in which the women were advised to reduce the amount of fat they ate. After about five years, 35 women in the study had developed breast cancer. [6 Foods That May Affect Breast Cancer Risk]

Women in the extra-virgin olive oil group were the least likely to developbreast cancer. The researchers also observed a slight decrease in risk for the women in the nut group, but this was not statistically significant (meaning it could have been due to chance), according to the study published today (Sept. 14) in JAMA Internal Medicine.
There have been many studies that confirms this finding as well as the benefits of such a diet to reduce the risk of  cancer, of coronary disease and cognitive diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia. That such a large benefit can be derived from a change in diet might be surprising, but it is well worth the change from a statistical point of view.

I have switched over to the Mediterranean diet a couple of years ago (during my chemo treatments), eating more fish and salads with olive oil and slowly reducing my consumption of read meat and processed meats to zero. I have, for all intents and purposes, decided to follow a pescatarian diet, although at the moment I still eat chicken once a week, and turkey once or twice a year for the holidays.

I hope to eliminate chicken and turkey from my diet by the end of the year. If it was as easy as completely eliminating read meat, then I ought to have little problems at all. Although I do enjoy the taste of chicken and turkey, my reasons are centred on the health benefits of eliminating meat (other than fish) from my diet. I can also understand the ethical reasons, which reminds me of a quote I recently read, attributed to Albert Einstein (Einstein Archive 60-058): “I have always eaten animal flesh with a somewhat guilty conscience.”

For more, go to [LiveScience]