Research shows that eating right can not only give our skin a healthy glow, keep hair and nails strong and prevent weight gain - it has a significant impact on our health.
A study recently published in Jama Oncology reveals that consuming more whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, and less fat (such as various dairy products, cookies, the fat on a selection of meats, french fries and other fried foods, etc.) resulted in a better chance of surviving breast cancer.
Dr. Chlebowski followed up the study conducted by Women's Health Initiative from 1993 to 1998, which included 48,835 cancer-free postmenopausal women. The initial study divided their participants into two different groups: the dietary intervention group and the usual-diet comparison group. There were 19,541 women in the dietary intervention group, whom all lowered the amount of fat they consumed by 20%. They consumed vegetables and fruits in place of fatty foods. The other group, 29, 294 women, continued with their usual diet.
In the secondary study, Dr. Chlebowski analysed the women who were all diagnosed with breast cancer, and he discovered remarkable differences between the two different groups.
He examined the 1764 women who were diagnosed with breast cancer during the initial study, and the results highlight the benefits of having a diet low in fat. The research revealed that 120 of the women in the usual-diet comparison group passed away, whereas only 68 of the women who consumed fewer fats died. The results showed that “breast cancer overall survival was significantly greater for women in the dietary intervention group than in the usual-diet comparison group."
Dr Chlebowski claims he is fascinated by this discovery and hopes to uncover more science behind the correlation between nutrition and cancer. “It’s exciting because we are really trying to close the gap between lifestyle factors like diet and biological processes behind disease.”
Science continuously unveils the profound impact that our diet has on our health. This study shows that food can not only help us prevent diseases but also profoundly change their course and potentially extend our lives!