Breast Cancer and Carbs…


Diet is mentioned more frequently as cancer research reveals tumors like a lot of the same things we like and I’m not talking veggies and low-fat foods.   I’m talking about the things that make us fat. 

In San Antonio, Texas this week, the Breast Cancer Symposium has gathered the best in the breast cancer business.  News of  breakthroughs in vaccine trials, encouraging new medicines that show promise in breast cancer treatment and one that caught my eye, from British researchers,  cutting carbs two days a week is better than full time dieting and it may have an impact on getting breast cancer.

How many of us make it a full time guilt trip everytime we eat a slice of bread?  Rice, potatoes, or pasta….

These researchers were looking for a diet that people would actually stick with, especially women who were at high risk for breast cancer.  They found that women who dropped the carbo-loaded foods two days a week and ate their normal diet the rest of the time lost weight and showed improvements in insulin and other health markers.

There seems to be a long term relationship between cancer and obesity.  Hormones like insulin and leptin have been associated with tumor development.  Carbohydrates seem to fit-into this picture.

Michelle Harvie, a research dietician at the Genesis Prevention Center at the University Hospital in South Manchester, England said, “Weight loss and reduced insulin levels are required for breast cancer prevention, but these levels are difficult to achieve and maintain with conventional dietary approaches.” 

So, I guess it’s up to us to take this hint and run with it.  Even I can watch the carbs two days a week.  It could turn out it keeps breast cancer away for good.

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