Atkins diet okay for breast cancer survivors?

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Question from Romanz: I just finished treatment and gained about 15 pounds. I want to do the Atkins diet because a friend of mine has lost so much weight on it. However, I keep hearing that red meat is dangerous for breast cancer patients. What is your take on the Atkins diet for breast cancer survivors?
Answers - Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. We're actually doing a study looking at a low fat versus low carbs diet in breast cancer survivors, and we made a conscious decision to adjust it and make it a modified Atkins diet because I do not feel that we want breast cancer survivors eating large amounts of saturated fat, including red meat. So you might modify the diet by choosing leaner protein sources, like fish and chicken.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Weight Management During and After Breast Cancer Treatment featured Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. and Melinda Irwin Ph.D., M.P.H. answering your questions on managing weight during and after breast cancer treatment.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in April 2007.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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