Eating a low fat diet and losing as little as six pounds could significantly improve the chances of surviving breast cancer, according to a new study from researchers at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. For the study the researchers followed 2,400 women ages 48 to 79 who were diagnosed with breast cancer between 1994 and 2001.
Half of the women in the study were placed on a low fat diet and giving health counseling while the other half were given neither. They found that those in the low fat diet group have a 14 percent death rate as opposed to a 17 percent death rate in the control group.
"It looks like this is a big signal. Breast cancer patients really should consider [weight loss]," the researchers explained. "What we have now is that purposefully losing weight has a positive benefit. It suggests that getting back to a healthy weight would be a good idea."