Dietary weight loss, exercise, and oxidative stress in postmenopausal women: A randomized controlled trial

Catherine Duggan, Jean De Dieu Tapsoba, Ching Yun Wang, Kristin L. Campbell, Karen Foster-Schubert, Myron D. Gross, Anne McTiernan

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Oxidative stress, a potential mechanism linking obesity and cancer, results from an imbalance between activation/inactivation of reactive oxygen species, byproducts of cellular metabolism. In a randomized controlled trial, we investigated effects of diet and/or exercise on biomarkers of oxidative stress. A total of 439 overweight/obese [body mass index (BMI) > 25 kg/m2] postmenopausal women, ages 50 of 75 years, were randomized to 12 months of (i) reduced-calorie weight loss diet ("diet"; n = 118); (ii) moderate-to-vigorous intensity aerobic exercise ("exercise"; n = 117); (iii) combined diet and exercise intervention ("diet + exercise"; n = 117); or (iv) control (n = 87). Outcomes were circulating markers of oxidative stress, including fluorescent oxidation products (FOP), F2-isoprostanes, and oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL). On average, participants were 57.9 years, with a BMI of 30.9 kg/m2. F2-isprostanes were significantly reduced in the diet (-22.7%, P = 0.0002) and diet + exercise (-23.5%, P < 0.0001) arms versus controls (-2.99%) and nonsignificantly reduced in the exercise arm (-14.5%, P = 0.01). Participants randomized to the diet and diet + exercise arms had significant increases in levels of FOP [control -5.81%; diet +14.77% (P = 0.0001); diet + exercise +17.45%, (P = 0.0001)]. In secondary analyses, increasing weight loss was statistically significantly associated with linear trends of greater reductions in oxidized LDL and in F2-isoprostanes and increases in FOP. Compared with controls, exercise participants whose maximal oxygen consumption increased had significant decreases in levels of F2-isoprostanes and in oxidized LDL and increases in FOP. Dietary weight loss, with or without exercise, significantly reduced some markers of oxidative stress in postmenopausal women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)835-843
Number of pages9
JournalCancer Prevention Research
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2016

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by grants from the NCI at the NIH (R01 CA105204-01A1 and U54-CA116847 AMcT; to C. Duggan, C.-Y Wang, K.L. Campbell, and K. Foster-Schubert; R01 CA161131-01A1; to A. McTiernan, C. Duggan, C.-Y. Wang, and M.D. Gross) and grants from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (to A. McTiernan, C. Duggan, C.-Y. Wang, and J. de Dieu Tapsoba,). The costs of publication of this article were defrayed in part by the payment of page charges. This article must therefore be hereby marked advertisement in accordance with 18 U.S.C. Section 1734 solely to indicate this fact.

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© 2016 American Association for Cancer Research.

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