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Mediterranean Diet Lowers Risk of Breast Cancer

A study in the current issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition associates the Mediterranean diet with lower risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women.

The data derive from the Greek portion of the massive EPIC study: European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and nutrition.  Investigators followed almost 15,000 women for 10 years.  No protective effect was seen for premenopausal women eating Mediterranean-style.  The study at hand adds to prior evidence that the Mediterranean diet seems to protect against cancer of the breast, prostate, uterus, and colon/rectum.

Steve Parker, M.D.

Reference:  Trichopoulou, Antonia, et al.  Conformity to traditional Mediterranean diet and breast cancer risk in the Greek EPIC (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and nutrition) cohortAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition, published July 14, 2010.  doi: 10.3945/ajcn.2010.29619


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Glycemic Load Linked to Breast Cancer Risk

Who knew?

Who knew?

Swedish researchers report that  a high dietary glycemic load is tied to a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.  This adds to a growing body of evidence that high glycemic index and load may be harmful.  Prior studies relate them to higher rates of diabetes and heart disease. 

Click here for my review of glycemic index and load.  NutritionData.com also has a good review of glycemic index.

Steve Parker, M.D.


Reuters Health.  “Glycemic load” of diet tied to breast cancer risk.  MedlinePlus, July 10, 2009.

Parker, Steve.  Glycemic index and chronic disease risk (mostly in women).  Advanced Mediterranean Diet Blog, April 19, 2009.

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