Inverse link for carotenoid intake, benign breast disease

April 8, 2014
Inverse link for carotenoid intake, benign breast disease

(HealthDay)—For adolescent girls, β-carotene intake is inversely associated with the risk of benign breast disease (BBD), according to a study published online April 7 in Pediatrics.

Caroline E. Boeke, Sc.D., from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, and colleagues examined adolescent carotenoid intake in relation to BBD in 6,593 in the prospective Growing Up Today Study cohort. Food frequency questionnaires were administered in 1996, 1997, and 1998 to assess intake of α-, β-carotene, β-cryptoxanthin, lutein/zeaxanthin, and lycopene. In questionnaires administered in 2005, 2007, and 2010, girls reported on biopsy-confirmed BBD.

The researchers identified an inverse correlation between β-carotene and BBD, with a multivariate-adjusted odds ratio of 0.58 comparing the highest to the lowest quartile (P trend = 0.03). Inverse associations were also observed for intake of α-carotene and lutein/zeaxanthin with BBD, but these were not statistically significant.

"Adolescent carotenoid intake may be associated with lower BBD risk; these findings warrant further study," the authors write.

Explore further: Vitamin D intake may be associated with lower stress fracture risk in girls

More information: Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Related Stories

Teen vitamin D intake not related to adult RA or SLE risk

December 28, 2012

(HealthDay)—Dietary vitamin D intake during adolescence does not appear to be associated with the risk of adult-onset rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), according to research published in the ...

Recommended for you

Can nicotine protect the aging brain?

September 20, 2016

Everyone knows that tobacco products are bad for your health, and even the new e-cigarettes may have harmful toxins. However, according to research at Texas A&M, it turns out the nicotine itself—when given independently ...

Science can shape healthy city planning

September 23, 2016

Previous studies have shown a correlation between the design of cities and growing epidemics of injuries and non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. A three-part series published in The Lancet ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.