High-fat diets seem to be getting all the buzz lately, but a new study has found that a low-fat diet — one which gets just 20-to-25 percent of its calories from fat — can reduce the risk of early death in some women with breast cancer, according to new research.

Early stage breast cancer patients with so-called estrogen receptor-negative (ER-negative) disease seemed to benefit most from the low-fat diet. If those women ate a low-fat diet for five years following their diagnosis, they had a 36 percent reduced risk of death from any cause over 15 years, according to study researcher Dr. Rowan Chlebowski, medical oncologist at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

There was an even greater reduction in risk of death for women who had both ER-negative and progesterone-receptor negative (PR-negative) cancers. The risk of dying from any cause was reduced by 56 percent over a 15-year period if they ate a low-fat diet during the five years after diagnosis, Dr. Chlebowski discovered.

This is good news. This just shows that having a healthy diet that’s low in fat can maybe save your life down the road. If you have battled breast cancer, what type of diet did or do you adhere to? What type of low-fat recipes do you suggest?



HealthDay: Low-Fat Diet May Boost Survival for Some Breast Cancer Patients