Diet and biomarkers of oxidative damage in women previously treated for breast cancer

Cynthia A. Thomson, Anna R. Giuliano, James W. Shaw, Cheryl L. Rock, Cheryl K. Ritenbaugh, Iman A. Hakim, Kathryn A. Hollenbach, David S. Alberts, John P. Pierce

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This study sought to evaluate the relationship between dietary intake of fat, poly unsaturated fat, saturated fat, arachidonic acid, and selected dietary antioxidants and levels of oxidative damage as measured by urinary levels of 8-hydroxy-2′-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) and 8-epi-prostaglandin F2α (8-iso-PGF2α) in women previously treated for breast cancer. Two hundred two study subjects participating in the Women's Healthy Eating and Living (WHEL) study were included in this ancillary study. Dietary intakes and concentrations of urinary 8-OHdG and 8-iso-PGF2α were measured at baseline and 12 mo in the 179 women included in the analytical cohort. Study subjects demonstrated a significant reduction in dietary total, poly unsaturated, and saturated fat intake and a significant increase in vitamins E and C and β-carotene intake from baseline to 12 mo. Linear mixed-models analysis using baseline and Year 1 data indicated that vitamin E intake was inversely associated with both 8-OHdG and 8-iso-PGF2α. 8-Iso-PGF2α is increased with increased body mass index (BMI) and polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) intake, indicating an increase in lipid peroxidation with greater BMI and higher PUFA intake. 8-OHdG was inversely related to age but positively related to arachidonic acid, indicating an increase in DNA damage with higher intake of arachidonic acid (meat). The results of this nested case-controlled study provide potential mechanisms by which a high fruit and vegetable, low-fat diet might reduce the recurrence rate of or early-stage breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-154
Number of pages9
JournalNutrition and cancer
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Oncology
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Cancer Research


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