The Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of breast cancer

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According to a new study, the Mediterranean diet could also significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer for postmenopausal women.

Breast cancer. Olive oil, nuts, fish, fruit, fish, vegetables and whole grains: all that is contained in the Mediterranean diet it is a passepartout for good health. It fights depression, is a shield against strokes and heart attacks, prevents cardiovascular damage in people with diabetes and more: the Mediterranean diet could also significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer for women. postmenopausal women.

To say this are the Dutch scientists of the Maastricht University Medical Center thanks to a study that lasted over twenty years and published in the International Journal of Cancer.

The results of the survey showed that following the Mediterranean diet would help prevent the chances of developing ER / PR negative breast cancer in particular (negative for estrogen and progesterone receptors), a form of cancer that can affect women after menopause and cannot be treated with hormone therapy.

THE STUDY - For just over twenty years, the health status and diet of 62.573 Dutch women between the ages of 55 and 69, who had taken part in the Netherlands Cohort Study, were monitored. At the end of the survey, it was discovered that the Mediterranean diet helps prevent the risk of breast cancer and that it is mainly dried fruit that gives the greater beneficial effect.


In fact, scholars have observed that mainly nuts protect against cancer, followed by fruit and fish. Finally, the researchers calculated that if everyone followed the Mediterranean diet, about a third (32,4%) of ER / PR negative breast cancer cases and 2,3% of all cancer cases could be avoided. breast.

"Our research can help shed light on how eating patterns can influence the risk of developing cancer," explains Piet A. van den Brandt, who led the study. We found a strong link between the Mediterranean diet and negative ER / PR breast cancer risk reduction among postmenopausal women, even in a population outside the Mediterranean area. This type of breast cancer usually has a worse prognosis than other types of breast cancer ”.


Go ahead, therefore, to one handful of nuts a day, also ready to provide us with important benefits to our heart!

Germana Carillo

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