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16.03.2021


Surviving breast cancer with fewer & slower carbohydrates

Women with breast cancer who want to maximize their chances of survival can increase their physical activity, eat more fruits and vegetables, and adopt healthier sleeping habits. And what, according to a new Harvard study, may work as well, is a diet that contains fewer and healthier carbohydrates.


Surviving breast cancer with fewer & slower carbohydrates



Study
Maryam Farvid, an epidemiologist from Harvard School of Public Health, extracted data from the Nurses' Health Study I and II on 8,932 women with breast cancer. Farvid was able to follow the women for an average of 11 years. She knew the diet of the women and knew whether the died, and, if so, what illness caused their death.

Results
The lower the glycemic index of the dietary carbohydrates of the study participants, the greater their chance of survival. This also applied to the glycemic load of the study participants' diet. The smaller it was, the greater the chance of survival.

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Surviving breast cancer with fewer & slower carbohydrates


Surviving breast cancer with fewer & slower carbohydrates



The fewer carbohydrates the study participants consumed, the greater their chance of survival. The researchers found an inverse relationship for proteins and fats: the more proteins and fats [especially: vegetable fats] the study participants had in their diet, the greater their chance of survival.

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Surviving breast cancer with fewer & slower carbohydrates



Conclusion
"These results suggest that carbohydrate quantity and quality may be important in breast cancer prognosis", write the researchers.

Source:
Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2021 Feb;30(2):335-43.

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