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  2. Mar 8, 2024

A Whole Food, Plant-Based Diet Improves Health in Women With Metastatic Breast Cancer

In overweight women with metastatic breast cancer, a whole food, plant-based diet can improve health markers. After just eight weeks on the diet, women in the intervention group had reduced fasting insulin, reduced insulin resistance, reduced total and LDL cholesterol, an improved hormonal profile, and experienced a 6.6% weight loss on average.1 While this study was not long enough to assess cancer-related outcomes, previous research has found that diets high in plant-based foods, especially fruit, vegetables, and soy, are associated with a lower risk of dying from cancer.2

The lead author of this study, Thomas Campbell, MD, of the University of Rochester Medical Center, will speak in depth about this study at the International Conference on Nutrition and Medicine in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 15-17, 2024. Register for the conference here.


  1. Campbell TM, Campbell EK, Culakova E, et al. A whole-food, plant-based randomized controlled trial in metastatic breast cancer: weight, cardiometabolic, and hormonal outcomes. Breast Cancer Res Treat. Published online March 6, 2024. doi:10.1007/s10549-024-07266-1
  2. Hardt L, Mahamat-Saleh Y, Aune D, Schlesinger S. Plant-based diets and cancer prognosis: a review of recent esearch. Curr Nutr Rep. 2022;11(4):695-716. doi:10.1007/s13668-022-00440-1

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