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Dr. Roizen and Dr. Oz: 2 Simple Changes Can Reduce Breast and Prostate Cancer Risk

Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen

Almost every adult knows someone who has been touched by cancer, whether it's a family member who lost his life to prostate cancer or a friend who's battling breast cancer. Now the latest studies are revealing just how small changes can make a big difference in reducing your risk, according to Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Fat Swaps Summary
Although the study specifically focused on "the amazing power of two crucial “fat swaps” to protect guys against fatal prostate cancer," these two physicians "think this way of eating could slash breast cancer risk, too."

So what are the two changes? First, Bypass animal fats. Instead, opt for vegetable-based fats: extra virgin olive and canola oil, nuts and seeds, and avocado. Second, skip those extra helpings of carbohydrates and enjoy vegetable fats instead.

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Study Details
The researchers say that by cutting daily carbohydrates from starches and sweets by 10 percent and replacing them with vegetable-based fats succeeded in reducing their risk of prostate cancer by almost 30 percent. Moreover, they lowered their overall risk for lethal health problems by more than 25 percent.

And the rewards don't stop there: Study participants who consumed the most vegetable fat had a 55 percent lower risk for aggressive prostate cancer, while those who ate the most animal fats and trans fats had a 35 percent higher risk.

Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen emphasize that is exceptionally positive news "for the 2.5 million men living with a diagnosis of prostate cancer, and the one in six who will receive a diagnosis during their lifetime. We suspect that the same good-eating plan can help women battle breast cancer, too, because research has consistently shown that the same healthy steps protect against both of these hormone-driven cancers."

How It Works
Eating fewer refined carbohydrates reduces your blood sugar and insulin levels. This positive health move also reduces your body's levels of inflammation to lower your risk of cancer. You're getting great doses of good-for-you nutrients.

Try these tips to get started on reducing cancer:

  • Breakfast: Enjoy peanut butter on top of a piece of bread rather than two pieces of toast. Dig into nonfat yogurt sprinkled with nuts. Make a smoothie with nuts added in.
  • Lunch: Add avocado rather than cheese to your sandwich or salad.
  • Dinner: Instead of potato, rice or bread, eat "sliced avocado spritzed with lemon juice or with a small green salad. Top it off with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of walnuts, ground flax or chia seeds. Bread chicken or fish with toasted, finely chopped nuts (or with cornmeal mixed with ground flaxseed) instead of flour. Then bake."