The link between the Mediterranean diet and a significant reduction in endometrial cancer is quite interesting. The results of a new study claim that women who adhere closely to the diet can cut their risk of developing endometrial cancer by more than half.
Endometrial cancer is a disease that affects postmenopausal women later in life, typically in their 50s, 60s and 70s. It’s typically due to hyper-stimulation of the inner lining of the uterus, which is associated with unopposed estrogen. A major risk factor for developing this cancer is obesity. Excess weight in women tends to create a pathway where increased amounts of estrogen is produced, and if unregulated, could create a lot of vaginal issues, including endometrial cancer and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
The reason why I give some credible value to this study, despite it being quite small and limited in the aspects of how it was analyzed, is because we know that the components of the Mediterranean diet — which include a high intake of vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish, cereals and monosaturated fats — do create good cellular metabolism.
It seems that this diet not only helps with the reduction of cardiovascular disease, but it also helps regulate levels of hormones that with improper diets could get out of control.
I think that the takeaway from this study about the Mediterranean diet is that women of all ages must consider what they eat, as it definitely affects the physiology of our bodies. It is important for us to pay attention to what we consume, especially as more and more literature on links between cancer and diet become available.