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Breast Cancer Recurrence Linked to Carbohydrates!

Updated on March 11, 2012
Increased carbohydrate intake is now linked with recurrent breast cancer!
Increased carbohydrate intake is now linked with recurrent breast cancer!

Carbs and Breast Cancer: What YOU Need to Know!

Everyone loves carbohydrates! Potatoes, pasta, cereals, breads, soft drinks, rice, etc... Basically, the good stuff! But did you know that while carbohydrates are a source of energy in our diets, no carbohydrate is an essential nutrient.

In light of the data that's been released concerning carbohydrate intake and breast-cancer recurrence, that's important to know.

Researchers have recently found (based on data provided by the Women's Healthy Eating and Living (WHEL) Dietary Intervention Trial), that carbohydrates play a big role in recurring breast cancer*.

Over 2600 women participated in the "starch" study which took place over one year. These women reported daily to WHEL, reporting everything they had eaten within the last 24 hours. At the beginning of the study, the average carb intake was 233 grams.

*The increased risk was confined to those with low-grade tumors.

If you have breast cancer, cut back on the carbs! It could be a matter of life and death!
If you have breast cancer, cut back on the carbs! It could be a matter of life and death!

Breast Cancer & Carbs: The Study's Findings

The results of this study have a tremendous bearing on the amount of carbs breast-cancer survivors should eat on a daily basis:

Over 14% of those who increased their carb intake by an average 2.3 grams per day had a recurrence of their breast cancer, compared to about 10% of the women who decreased their carb intake by an average of 2.7 grams per day.

Additionally, researchers found that starch was the main culprit behind the change in carbohydrate intake, making up about 50% of consumption. Women who did not have recurrent breast cancer decreased starches by almost 9 grams per day, while those where their cancer returned decreased starches by only approximately half that amount. (One slice of bread has about 10 grams of starch, for example.)

Let's put this in perspective: 1 ounce = 28.34 grams, which means that one cup of butter weighs 227 grams. Therefore, the women who had their breast cancer recur added a very small amount of carbohydrates to their diet on a daily basis, but with devastating results.

These findings have lead researchers to call for more studies concerning limiting carbohydrates in women with breast cancer.

The study was presented at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center-American Association for Cancer Research San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

Madam Aphrodite™ Speaks...

Carbohydrates are not essential nutrients and for that reason, if you are a breast-cancer survivor, it should be no problem to limit them in your diet.

If you know anyone who has breast cancer, it's important that you notify them immediately of this study's findings. It could be a matter of life and death!

CAUTION: The information included herein is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.


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      AnnaCia 5 years ago

      Thanks for the information.