Can pasta help you lose weight?

Dr. Jennifer Ashton breaks down the key takeaways from a study that linked pasta to weight loss and a study that found higher muscle mass in women with breast cancer may lead to better survival odds.
2:53 | 04/06/18

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A few showers tonight and we a chilly wee coming up. Now to another "GM health Aler two big headlines. A study clag pasta could lp with weight loss and the other thatxercise could help east cancepatients. Dr. Ashton joins us now from massachusetts.let's start with the cancer study. What did cancers? This an interesting study. It appeared in the journal "Oncology" and looked at women withmetastatic breast cancer and looked at their fat-free muscs and ove body fat and elated it with their de from all causes, a risk of death and found that women who had less muscle, more fat had a significantly insed risk of ath from all causes, notust breast cancer. Fascinating finding so what is thenection between muscle mass and survival rates? It's an interesting condition that I want people to know about. It's Cal sarcopenia, a decline in muscle mass and muscle function, uly we see it with age and used to think of it like osteoporosis, that it happens toryone when we age. But there's extensi data that if you are dealing with any kind of chronic medical condition, cancer being one of th all tys of cancer that if you havesarcopenia it helps with your dirisk of death. Better start identifying it targeting it. Moting us to go to the gym. What are the healthier ways for women to buildmuscle? Women,list, you have to pump iron. Have you to lift Weig you can also use your body weights resistance and what recommend to a lot of N, get a weighted vest, put some light three, five-pound weights, use it as you're doing errandsnd grocery shopping as W heard and lastou have to E enough protein you can actually build LE so that's important too. Froe too good to be true files there is a studyhat says pasta might linked to weight loss. This true. Slow your roll on this one, Paula. Laughter ] You knew where I was going withthis. Yeah, this is a here that the meot pretty wrong. There's a big difference in saying that peopleho eat small servings of pastan moderate amounts are able to lose weight and there's a big difference between saying that and pasta causes weight loss. It wouldn't be my medical and tritionist recommendation for sometrying to lose a lot of weightause carbs get broken down to sugar so you have to eat smartly. It has to be safe, sustainable and, know, easy in moderation with theasta and I'm half Italian so -- Can you justify my trip to Olive Garden after the show is all I want to 240e. I can ome on, Dr. Jen. Thanks, Jen. George, back to you. A big blast of common sense. We arary moving to an

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