Carb Counting May Reduce The Risk Factors Of Breast Cancer

According to a test conducted in San Antonio, Texas, if you limit the amount of carbohydrates that you consume to only two days per week, you can cut back on some of the risk factors that are associated with breast cancer. Two risk factors that this type of diet will eliminate are it will decrease the amount of body fat that is present, and it will also improve an individual’s sensitivity to insulin.

Ms. Michelle Harvie conducted a series of research on the way that carbohydrates affect a woman’s body. During the time that she was conducting her research, she gathered together 115 overweight or obese women and put them on a strict diet regimen for the course of three months. To gauge what diet worked the best, Dr. Harvie put a certain amount of women on one diet and a certain amount of women on the other two.

Breast Cancer Study:

The women that were chosen for the research project were all at a higher risk of contracting breast cancer, because of their weight. Dr. Harvie chose a particular diet regiment for a certain amount of people. She divided all of the women that chose to participate in the study, into three separate categories. For each category, she gave the women specific dieting requirements.

Low Carb Diet

The first type of diet that Dr. Harvie put the volunteers on was a calorie restricted, low carbohydrate diet, that they were only mandated to eat two days out of the week. For these two days, these women would consume a total of 600 calories and 40 grams of carbohydrates in total.

Low Calorie Diet

The second type of diet that Dr. Harvie put a few other volunteers on was a low-calorie diet for only two days per week, combined with a Mediterranean diet, that only consisted of fruits, healthy fats, and vegetables for the remaining five days out of the week. So, women that were chosen to go on this diet, were actually mandated to diet for the entire three-month stretch.

Mediterranean diet

The third type of diet was a basic calorie restrictive Mediterranean diet, where the volunteers would consume only 1500 calories per week. The third diet has a lot more restrictions than the other two.

Breast Cancer Risk Reduction?

Dr. Harvie and her colleagues noticed that the women that she had put on the low-calorie diets showed a significant decline when it came to insulin sensitivity and their overall body fat, when compared to those that had a restricted calorie diet for every day of the week. Three months of these low-calorie diets led to increased weight loss along with lower levels of insulin sensitivity, which are two major risk factors for breast cancer in women.

[box type=”important”]Dr. Harvie, after concluding her research went on to say in order to prevent breast cancer, weight loss and reduced insulin levels are required. [/box]

Achieving these lower levels is difficult to do, because of the conventional dieting approaches that most women pursue. Dr. Harvie called the research project that she concluded a potential alternative diet to full blow calorie restrictive methods. Dr. Harvie believes that by following one of these diets, women will not only reduce their risk for breast cancer, but also for other harmful diseases.

Claire Al-Aufi

Claire Al-Aufi is a contributing author for Hive Health Media who provides updates on health and fitness news.

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