- Question from JF: I strongly believe that having moderate fat, especially Omega-3's and monounsaturated fats, is really helpful for fighting breast cancer. I am also a mild diabetic so I think that high-fiber carbohydrates, moderate fats such as walnuts, olive oil, hemp seed and flaxseed will help breast cancer patients as well as diabetics. Have you evaluated such a diet for breast cancer patients?
- Answers - Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. The people who consume the Mediterranean diet, which is high in monounsaturated fats from olives, have traditionally had a low incidence of breast cancer and diabetes. So from population studies, there is reason to believe that is a healthful diet for preventing breast cancer initially and for preventing recurrence. There are no studies that I know of that look at this type of diet with recurrence as an end point.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Eating and Drinking Through the Holidays featured Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. and moderator Jennifer Sabol, M.D. answering your questions about how to stay healthy during the most hectic, high-calorie time of year.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in November 2006.
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