Diet, exercise reduce fatigue among breast cancer survivors
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Oct. 20, 2008
A significant number of breast cancer survivors attempt to improve nutritional status and boost physical activity, which may reduce post-treatment fatigue, according to a study in the January 2009 Psycho-Oncology.
Researchers surveyed 227 patients an average of 12 years after diagnosis. Nearly 32% upped their activity levels, and slightly more than 43% reduced dietary fat. About 25% attempted to do both. Those who made these lifestyle changes were less fatigued, and exercise also was associated with having greater social support.
"Physicians need to encourage more breast cancer survivors to modify their diet and increase exercise," said Catherine M. Alfano, PhD, lead author and assistant professor of public health at Ohio State University in Columbus.
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