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Breast. 2012 Aug;21(4):608-11. doi: 10.1016/j.breast.2012.02.003. Epub 2012 Feb 28.

Lifestyle factors associated with serum N-3 fatty acid levels in breast cancer patients.

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  • 1Department of Family Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA.


Long chain n3 fatty acids appear to have beneficial effects in several domains of health relevant to breast cancer survivors. This study evaluated inter-individual differences in serum levels of n3 fatty acids in 40 breast cancer patients who were participating in a pilot study for prevention of weight gain. Significant predictors of baseline n3 fatty acid levels in serum were dietary intakes of n3 fatty acids, BMI, serum levels of carotenoids and TV hours watched/day, accounting for 43% of the variance. Counseling for prevention of weight gain also tended to increase n3 fatty acid blood levels over time during chemotherapy.

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