How A Mediterranean Diet Can Help Prevent Breast Cancer…
A Mediterranean Diet Could Cut Your Risk of Breast Cancer
Julie Fidler | The Natural Society
The notoriously-healthy Mediterranean diet – with a heaping helping of olive oil – has been associated with a decreased risk of breast cancer in a new study.
The Mediterranean diet consists of regularly consuming fish, nuts, legumes, fruits, vegetables, and plenty of olive oil. The eating pattern has been considered one of the healthiest for years. In 2013, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that the Mediterranean diet could protect against heart disease. A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine this past May showed it could stave off memory loss. And there are many more.
The new study looked at 4,282 women between the ages of 60 and 80. On average, participants were 68 years of age, and obese, with an average body mass index (BMI) of 30.4. A BMI of 30 is considered clinically obese.
“After a median follow-up of 4.8 years, we identified 35 confirmed incident cases of breast cancer,” study author Miguel Martínez-González, of the University of Navarra in Spain, and colleagues wrote.
The researchers discovered that women who followed a Mediterranean diet and who supplemented with 4 additional tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil were 62% less likely to develop malignant breast cancer than those who consumed the study’s control diet. 
The findings of the study give great hope that eating a Mediterranean diet could truly be a solid preventative measure against breast cancer, as the participants were randomly assigned to different diets. The investigators say their findings also show the possibility that individuals who opt to eat healthy may also make other healthy choices that contribute to the lower risk.
The Mediterranean diet has been shown in the past to extend longevity, cut the risk of heart disease, and reduce the chances of heart attack and stroke by 30%. It may also