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Strict diet ‘cuts breast cancer risk by 40%’

Strict diet 'cuts breast cancer risk by 40%'Those who follow a strict diet for just two days a week can cut their risk of developing breast cancer by 40 per cent, a study has suggested.

Researchers from the Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Centre at the University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM) studied 100 overweight women.

Half of them followed a 650-calorie-a-day diet for two days a week and then ate what they wanted for the rest of the week, while the other half followed a Mediterranean diet.

Women following the two-day diet saw their levels of the cancer-causing hormone leptin drop by 40 per cent and those on the Mediterranean diet saw a drop of 36 per cent.

Pamela Goldberg, chief executive of the Breast Cancer Campaign, said: "There are many breast cancer risk factors that can't be controlled, such as age, gender and family history – but staying at a healthy weight is one positive step that can be taken."

People hoping to lose fat rather than muscle should ensure that they get around 8.5 hours of sleep each night, a recent study by the University of Chicago's Sleep Research Laboratory suggested.

Would you be able to stick to the two-day diet?

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6 Oct
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One thought on “Strict diet ‘cuts breast cancer risk by 40%’”

  1. Mary-Jane says:

    I am willing to try any diet if it reduces breast cancer risk – esepcially if it runs in your family.

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