Following a healthy plant-based foods diet is linked to a reduced risk of developing breast cancer for postmenopausal women, according to a new study.

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The study was presented during Nutrition 2022, an annual meeting for the American Society for Nutrition. Sanam Shah, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., from Paris-Saclay University, and colleagues looked at the association between long-term plant-based diets and breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women. The team looked at 65,574 women with a mean age of 52.8 years old.

These women were followed from 1993 to 2014. The women reported dietary intake at baseline and during follow-up. This was used to develop scores for healthful (hPDI) and unhealthful (uPDI) plant-based diets.

At the end, the researchers found 3,968 incidents of breast cancer during a mean follow-up of 21 years. They discovered that following hPDI was associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer. An increased estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer and lobular carcinoma were seen in women adhering to a uPDI.

“These findings highlight that increasing the consumption of healthy plant foods and decreasing the consumption of less healthy plant foods and animal foods might help prevent all types of breast cancer,” Shah said in a statement.

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