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Women Who Eat This At A Younger Age At Lower Risk Of Breast Cancer

Most studies about daily fiber intake have been quite encouraging.

Some studies on the nutrient show that it can help prevent heart disease, others show it’s very helpful at improving the function of the bowel and the gut, and others show it can fight breast cancer.

The link between lower breast cancer risk and fiber consumption has just received increased support as a new study showed young women who consumed fiber in their early life had a reduced risk they’d develop breast cancer later in life.

Researchers from Harvard were the ones to study this association and they published their findings in the journal Pediatrics.

In particular they studied women who ate high amounts of fruits and veggies early in life (which are high in fiber) saw their cancer rates later in life were much, lower. In fact t he researchers said the risks of developing the most common form of cancer among American women was “significantly lower.”

Lead researcher, and study author Maryam Farvid said,

“Previous studies of fiber intake and breast cancer have almost all been non-significant, and none of them examined diet during adolescence or early adulthood, a period when breast cancer risk factors appear to be particularly important…This work on the role of nutrition in early life and breast cancer incidence suggests one of the very few potentially modifiable risk factors for pre-menopausal breast cancer.”

The study they conducted was quite large, about 90,000 women large, and was part of a larger, more comprehensive study on women’s health called Nurses’ Health Study II.

To get those results they combed the results of surveys taken over a 7 year period.

VOA News wrote:

In 1991, women who were 27 to 44 answered questions about their diet. In 1998, they were asked again about their diet when they were in high school.

This formed the basis for analyzing their fiber intake, factoring out other variables like race, family history of breast cancer and others.

They found that among the women who had reported having eaten higher amounts of fiber, there was a 12-19 percent less chance of breast cancer risk. Those who reported eating a lot of fiber in adolescence saw a 16 percent reduction in risk of contracting breast cancer and a 24 percent reduction of getting breast cancer before menopause.

“Among all the women, there was a strong inverse association between fiber intake and breast cancer incidence,” according to a news release about the study.

At the end of the day the researchers concluded it didn’t take an exorbitant amount of fiber to achieve these results.

As little as 10 grams of additional fiber would help produce those results.

Something as small as eating an extra pear, or a few slice of bread could reduce a woman’s chances of developing breast cancer by about 13 percent.

Overall they said the best way to get that fiber was be eating fruits and vegetables.

Oddly enough the researchers aren’t quite sure why fiber helps reduce the risk of breast cancer; they suspect the way fiber works is to reduce estrogen levels in the blood, which is a suspected culprit in breast cancer formation.

They said:

“From many other studies we know that breast tissue is particularly influenced by carcinogens and anti-carcinogens during childhood and adolescence,” said Walter Willett, Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at Harvard Chan School and senior author of the study. “We now have evidence that what we feed our children during this period of life is also an important factor in future cancer risk.”

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