Low-Fat Diet For Women’s Health
Researchers at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have found that long-term adherence to a low-fat diet that includes plenty of fruit, vegetables and grains, can yield significant benefits to women’s health. Initially, the study didn’t produce the hoped-for results – after nearly nine years the anticipated health changes weren’t measurable. But after nearly 20 years, the modest dietary changes paid off. They resulted in a 15 to 35 percent reduction in deaths from all-causes following breast cancer; a 13 to 25 percent reduction in insulin-dependent diabetes, and a 15 to 30 percent reduction in coronary heart disease among 23,000 women, none of whom had high blood pressure or prior cardiovascular disease at the study’s start. Nearly 49,000 midlife women across the United States participated.
Ross L. Prentice et al “Low-Fat Dietary Pattern among Postmenopausal Women Influences Long-Term Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, and Diabetes Outcomes.” The Journal of Nutrition, September 2019, DOI: 10.1093/jn/nxz107
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