New studies show that nutrition education can help patients improve their diet, thus reducing the risk that breast cancer will return.
Over a 12-month period, 18 breast cancer patients received education about proper nutrition, kept food diaries, and were given continuing diet and lifestyle counseling through phone conferences and meetings. They were encouraged to reduce their consumption of red meat and processed meat while increasing their intake of fruits and vegetables. When compared with the 75 in the patient control group who did not receive the same counseling, the patients receiving the counseling consumed 50 percent less red and processed meat. The control group showed twice as much weight increase than those receiving the counseling.
Experts say that red and processed meat consumption and body weight raise oxidative stress, which causes cancer to reoccur. The choice to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables by those receiving counseling meant higher antioxidant intake, which reduces the aggravating effects of chemotherapy treatment and may reduce the risk of cancer reoccurrence. “Nutritional Education May Help Prevent Breast Cancer Recurrence,” Science World Report, January 5, 2015, www.scienceworldreport.com.
Taken from Last Generation, Vol. 25 No. 3, “Lifelines”. Last Generation is a vibrant 32-page soul-winning magazine published six times a year. To subscribe, call (540) 672-1996, Ext. 283. Ask about our BOGO free subscription promotion available through January 31, 2017.