Dietary intervention beneficial in Latina breast cancer survivors

breastcancersurvivorA new study published in the Journal of the Academy of  published by the Columbia University’s School of has published the results of a nutritional intervention study which investigated the impact on Latina breast survivors. The study advised breast survivors to adhere to recommended dietary guidelines and analyzed obesity rates, rates and access to . Only eighteen percent of breast survivors consume the appropriate nutritional guidelines of daily fruits and vegetables. Of the current estimated 12 million survivors in the U.S., approximately 5 percent are Hispanic.

The survivors were differentiated into groups with stage 0 to III breast who completed adjuvant treatment at least three months prior to the study and were randomized between April 2011 and March 2012. The intervention group participated in nutrition roundtables, shopping field trips, and cooking classes. The only received dietary recommendations. The group consisted of 34 intervention participants and 36 participants.

“Our findings are both noteworthy and encouraging, given the lack of previous studies evaluating dietary behavior change among Latina breast survivors and the relatively high mortality among this population,” said Dr. Greenlee. “This is a unique population to focus these kinds of trials. Most breast behavioral studies are among well-educated and fairly affluent white women.”

The researchers attributed the increased positive health of the breast survivors to nutritional intervention using traditional recipes from their home countries, traditional spices to make healthy recipes taste great, and prepare these dishes using less fat. The sole purpose of the study was to demonstrate that behavior change interventions can work in vulnerable population.


Heather Greenlee, Ann Ogden Gaffney, A. Corina Aycinena, Pam Koch, Isobel Contento, Wahida Karmally, John M. Richardson, Emerson Lim, Wei-Yann Tsai, Katherine Crew, Matthew Maurer, Kevin Kalinsky, Dawn L. Hershman. ¡Cocinar Para Su Salud!: Randomized Controlled Trial of a Culturally Based among Hispanic Breast Survivors. Journal of the Academy of , 2015; DOI: 10.1016/j.jand.2014.11.002


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