Love affects us all! and when it comes to food there is no greater love than the love for your favorite cuisine. Much like our lives not all love is good for us and some time love cost us more dearly than we expect! No I am not talking about break ups, but one must pay attention to what they put in their plate and " Love is blind" kind of logic do not work here specially if it increases your chances for falling for a deadly disease, which may be avoided by going for healthier life style choices.
A recent study published in the journal of Cancer Epidemiology by Jamie J. Lo et, al reveals that red meat consumption may increase the risk of breast cancer, whereas poultry consumption may confer protection against breast cancer risk. For the study the team of researchers collected information on consumption of different meat categories and meat cooking practice behaviors was obtained from 42,012 Sister Study participants for a duration of over 7.6 years and exposure to meat type and meat mutagens was calculated, and estimated for associations with invasive breast cancer risk using multivariable Cox proportional hazards regression. During follow‐up 1,536 invasive breast cancers were diagnosed at least 1 year after enrollment. The study revealed that women who consumed the highest amount of red meat had a 23% higher risk compared with women who consumed the lowest amount. Conversely, increasing consumption of poultry was associated with decreased invasive breast cancer risk: women with the highest consumption had a 15% lower risk than those with the lowest consumption. Breast cancer was reduced even further for women who substituted poultry for meat. Their findings remained consistent even when analyses controlled for known breast cancer risk factors or potential confounding factors such as race, socioeconomic status, obesity, physical activity, alcohol consumption, and other dietary factors. No associations were observed for cooking practices or chemicals formed when cooking meat at high temperature. Senior author Dale P. Sandler, PhD, of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. commented that "While the mechanism through which poultry consumption decreases breast cancer risk is not clear, our study does provide evidence that substituting poultry for red meat may be a simple change that can help reduce the incidence of breast cancer."
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1. Jamie J. Lo, Yong‐Moon Mark Park, Rashmi Sinha, Dale P. Sandler. Association between meat consumption and risk of breast cancer: Findings from the Sister Study. International Journal of Cancer, 2019; DOI: 10.1002/ijc.32547
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