Share on PinterestFollowing a keto diet may benefit people with breast cancer, a study finds. Pekic/Getty ImagesIn 2020, 2.3 million women globally received a breast cancer diagnosis.Previous studies have shown that diet plays a role in breast cancer risk. A new review from the University of Catania in Italy suggests that following a keto diet may have therapeutic benefits for people with breast cancer.
In 2020, about 2.3 million women around the world received a breast cancer diagnosis.
There are certain known risk factors for this type of cancer, including age, sex, and family history. Previous studies also link certain lifestyle practices, such as an unhealthy diet, to a potentially increased risk for breast cancer.
Conversely, other studies show that following healthy dietary patterns can help reduce breast cancer recurrence and all-cause mortality in breast cancer survivors.
Now, a review recently published in the journal Nutrients by researchers from the University of Catania in Italy suggests that following a keto diet may have therapeutic benefits for people with breast cancer.
Over the years, scientists have examined the different ways diet can affect breast cancer.
Previous research shows that unhealthy dietary practices may increase breast cancer risk. For example, a study published in September 2023 found a link between ultra-processed food consumption and increased breast cancer risk.
Increased sugar intake has also been associated with a higher risk for breast cancer, including drinking sugar-sweetened sodas.
Conversely, past studies also report that good nutritional habits may positively affect breast cancer prevention and treatment.
A study published in May 2021 found that eating more fruits, vegetables, cheese, and soy products. In addition, less red and processed meat was associated with a lower risk of breast cancer.
Research published in April 2023 reported that following the Mediterranean diet had a potentially protective effect against breast cancer.
Furthermore, a study published in November 2021 reported that the type of food a person with breast cancer consumes may be effective at easing cancer treatment-related toxicities and…