A Diet High in Fiber Found to Reduce Chance of Breast Cancer

We all know we should eat healthier.. for our weight, for our heart, for our blood pressure and so on, but diet is proving to have a huge impact on our chances of developing cancer as well.

A recent study conducted over several years among 44,000 women found that those who consumed a diet high in fiber during their high school years were 24% less likely to develop breast cancer.

Studies had already shown fiber helps reduce risk for colorectal cancer... but breast cancer? Theories as to why range from improving insulin sensitivity to a reduction in circulating estrogen levels.

But it does seem to be especially important to eat well during the teenage years to gain the full benefits of a high fiber diet and reduce the risk of developing cancer. 'Maryam Farvid, a fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health who is lead author of the study, says the influence of fiber on cancer risk may be time-sensitive. Adolescence is "a period when breast cancer risk factors appear to be particularly important," she says.'

Read the full article on NPR.org.