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High-Fiber Diet Reduces Risk of Breast Cancer

Summary: Having a high fiber diet may reduce your risk of breast cancer.
Air Date: 3/11/16
Duration: 10
Host: Leigh Vinocur, MD
Guest Bio: Maryam Farvid, PhD
Dr. Maryam FarvidDr. Maryam Farvid is a visiting scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She received her Ph.D. in Nutrition and Epidemiology from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran and eventually earned her spot as faculty member at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences. After eight-year career as an associate professor there, she moved to Boston where she continues her research with a focus in effects of diet on non-communicable disease at Harvard T.H. Using data from large US cohort studies, she investigates the relationship between dietary intake and non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes and coronary heart disease. However, she mainly focuses on role of dietary intake in early life and risk of breast cancer.
High-Fiber Diet Reduces Risk of Breast Cancer
Having a high fiber diet early in life can reduce breast cancer risk later in life.

Dr. Maryam Farvid and her team researched the impact of diet on breast cancer. They discovered that a 10g increase in fiber consumption per day in early adulthood was linked to a 13% reduction of breast cancer risk in women.

This research suggests women increase their fiber intake earlier in life to receive these benefits instead of waiting until later in life to increase fiber consumption.

Listen in as Dr. Farvid discusses how fiber can influence breast cancer risk.