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December 13, 2011
For many years breast cancer has been among the most dangerous types of cancer killing millions of women around the world, and a great deal of today’s ladies are trying to find the best and the most effective approaches to breast cancer prevention. Such techniques as regular check-ups or using a healthy diet can help women to live a longer and breast cancer-free life. Recently, the researches found out one more way to lower the risks of breast cancer in women.
Specialists at the University Hospital in South Manchester suggest that following a two-day diet can reduce breast cancer risks by 40 per cent, in addition to aiding in weight loss. At that, it was found out that a strict two-day low calorie diet practiced every week can be more effective regarding both weight loss and breast cancer prevention than a usual long-term low calorie plan. Specialists came to these conclusions after experimenting with the diet and calorie consumption of 100 overweight British women.
The participants were divided into 3 groups. The first group was offered to consume a low calorie diet (650 calorie a day) with carbs totally cut out, for 2 days a week (for the rest 5 days it was allowed to consume anything they like, in the framework of a healthy diet). The second group was offered a low-carb diet for 2 days of the week, but there were no calorie limitations imposed. The last group was offered a low-fat and low-carb diet every day, limiting the daily calorie intake to 1,500 calories.
After three months, it turned out that those women who followed a two-day diet managed to shed more pounds then the ones who simply limited their calorie consumption in the full-time diet. In addition, it was found out that following a two-day low calorie diet is linked to considerable improvements in several areas associated to breast cancer. In particular, the levels of leptin, a hormone linked to breast cancer, have dropped down by about 40 per cent.
The findings of this study sponsored by the Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Centre at UHSM, were recently published in the International Journal of Obesity and received a great reaction from many world’s leading nutritionists and experts. “This intermittent dieting approach provides an alternative to conventional dieting which could help with weight loss, but also potentially reduce the risk of developing breast cancer,” Pamela Goldberg, one of the executives of the Breast Cancer Campaign, said to the mass media.Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.