Well the study may not have panned out as it was anticipated, however, it does lead one to believe that we really need to start eating better at a younger age.
This is not to say that 50 is too late to start though. As always, take every study with a grain of salt.
Those healthy veggies and virtuous non-fat desserts help women far less than doctors hoped — if they help at all, say three major studies trying to link low-fat, high-fibre diets with reduced cancer risk, heart disease and stroke.
Today, the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that an eight-year clinical trial of 48,800 U.S. women aged 50 and up indicates either that a good diet is overrated, or that midlife is too late to begin it.
The journal sums it up bluntly: “A diet low in fat, but high in fruit, vegetables and grains, does not significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer, colorectal cancer or cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women.”
Scientific jaws are dropping everywhere.
Breast and colon cancer are two of the three most common cancers in North American women (along with lung cancer).
For decades, doctors have urged women to eat a healthier diet as a defence against these diseases, as well as to lower their blood pressure and cholesterol, and prevent heart disease and stroke.
The high-fibre, low-fat diet is still a good idea, some of the researchers conclude — but if so, then tweaking a diet at age 50 is too little, too late, to change a woman’s future health.
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