Breast Cancer Risks Grow With High-Carb Diets

Whenever you consider retooling your diet -- with the goal of optimizing your health naturally and safely -- one of the key building blocks is a simple step... and certainly not an easy one for many of you: Limiting your intake of grains and sugars with the goal of soon eliminating them.

If you want to reduce your risk of breast cancer, particularly if you're a postmenopausal woman using hormone replacement therapy (HRT), you'll want to shift your diet away from high carb foods that have a high glycemic index, according to a new study. That link between high carb foods and breast cancer is even stronger among the sedentary.

Researchers studied some 50,000 Canadian women to examine the risk of breast cancer in association with overall glycemic index and dietary carbohydrate and sugar intake. During a 16-year follow-up period, about 1,500 women developed breast cancer. Postmenopausal women who ate diets with a high glycemic index raised their risk of breast cancer by 87 percent.

The association between glycemic index and breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women was slightly stronger among women reporting no vigorous physical activity, among those with a history of HRT use, and among those of normal weight. One very strange caveat: High-carb diets cut the risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women by 22 percent.

Another safe and healthy way to optimize your diet and reduce your risk of breast cancer: Increase your intake of vitamin A, the most natural source of which is cod liver oil.

International Journal of Cancer, Volume 114, Issue 4, April 20, 2005: 653-658

Macon (Ga.) Daily.com, April 10, 2005

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