Change in inflammatory biomarkers and adipose tissue in BRCA1/2þ breast cancer survivors following a yearlong lifestyle modification program

Kathleen M. Sturgeon, Wayne Foo, Mariane Heroux, Kathryn Schmitz

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Breast cancer survivors who carry a genetic mutation for one of the BRCA genes often undergo surgically induced menopause a decade or more before the usual age of natural menopause. These women are at elevated risk for multiple negative health outcomes, including metabolic diseases, heart disease, and cancer recurrence. Effects of a 12-month commercially available web-based lifestyle program (Precision Nutrition) were tested on body composition and markers of inflammation in a randomized controlled trial. Participants (N ¼ 35) were BRCA1/2þ, breast cancer survivors, and had completed surgically induced menopause at age <45 years. Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry was used to quantify body composition. Fasting blood samples were used to assay insulin, IL1b, IL6, IL8, and TNFa. At baseline, we observed relationships between insulin, TNFa, and IL6, and between biomarkers and adiposity. Insulin and subcutaneous adipose tissue levels significantly decreased following the intervention compared with the change in the control group. Compared with baseline, TNFa and total adipose tissue levels decreased significantly in the intervention group. The percent change in insulin levels was moderately correlated with the percent change in subcutaneous adipose tissue (r ¼ 0.33). Change in adiposity was not related to change in TNFa or IL6. Women in the intervention group decreased levels of subcutaneous, but not visceral, adipose tissue. The change in subcutaneous adipose tissue was the main driver of change in insulin levels for the women in the intervention group. However, the change in body composition achieved by the Precision Nutrition program was not sufficient to alter biomarker levels of inflammation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)545-550
Number of pages6
JournalCancer Prevention Research
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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