BRCA Breast Cancer Genes and Soy


Breast Cancer Authority

BRCA Breast Cancer Genes and SoyBy: Dr. Michael Greger, Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

Why do people who eat legumes—beans, chickpeas, split peas, and lentils live longer? Well, men and women who eat legumes tend to be lighter, have a slimmer waist, lower blood pressure, lower blood sugars, lower cholesterol, lower triglycerides, better kidney function and so no surprise may live longer, but, interestingly, bean intake was a better protectant against mortality in women than men. They think this may be because cancer was the leading killer of women in this population, especially breast cancer. And we know that breast cancer survivors who eat soy foods, for example, have a significantly lower likelihood of the cancer recurrence, eating soy foods appears to protect against the cancer coming back. This 2012 review looked at the three prospective human studies done to date and found that women…

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