Thoughts on research on fat in diet and breast cancer?


Question from SW: As a statistician, I looked at existing research on fat in diet and breast cancer, and I do not think there are good studies that prove the link. The issues such as type of fat, women actually remembering what they ate and when, etc. Comments?
Answers - Larissa Korde Studying diet and its long-term health consequences is extraordinarily difficult for exactly the reasons you point out. There are issues with how best to collect the data and how best to analyze the data. I would say that the preponderance of data suggests that both a lifestyle that includes moderate physical activity and a healthy diet does seem to reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. The other two factors that data are strongly showing to reduce the risk of breast cancer are maintaining a healthy body weight and breastfeeding. And again the advice to have no more than one alcoholic drink a day.

On Tuesday, October 13, 2009, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Nutrition Through the Holidays. Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. and Larissa Korde, M.D., M.P.H. answered your questions about what and how much to eat when holiday treats abound.

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