New Diet Method May Prevent Breast Cancer: Intermittent Low-Carbohydrate Diet

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A two-day intermittent diet may help prevent breast cancer. Image of breast cancer cells by Itayba

An ingenious new method of dieting may help tip the scales against breast cancer. Studies demonstrate that breast cancer may be preventable, by following a two-day-a-week low-carbohydrate diet.

The cancer prevention diet was announced at the CTRC– AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium on December 8, 2011, by Michelle Harvie, author of two studies of the intermittent diet.

Harvie demonstrated that an intermittent, low-carbohydrate diet was more effective than a continuous low-calorie diet in lowering insulin levels – a risk factor for breast cancer. The study is scheduled for publication in 2012.

Top Three Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

In response to a request from Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science presented the most current evidence on breast cancer prevention in a report dated December 7, 2011. The report identified the three most consistent risk factors: medical radiation, hormone therapy, and greater postmenopausal weight.

Why is Weight the Most Important Factor for Preventing Breast Cancer?

Susan B. Komen for the Cure® identified weight control as the number one priority for prevention of breast cancer.

Why? Because women have control over the decision of what and how much to eat.

  • Women have little control over how often they will require medical radiation.
  • Many women take hormone therapy to reduce debilitating effects of menopause and to prevent osteoporosis.
  • Women can control their weight, although it requires determination and careful choices.

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