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Today I attended a session  on the unique weight management concerns of breast cancer Photosurvivors. The speakers were were both RD researchers from Yale SCHOOL OF Public Health. Perfect topic for breast cancer awareness month.

My personal experience has been that in working with breast cancer survivors, I have never met a woman who lost weight during her treatment. Cancer research has given us drug cocktails that are easier to tolerate, powerful anti-nausea meds and targeted radiation regimens. The resulting weight gain during and following treatment is associated with a higher risk of recurrence and mortality.

Mary C. Playd0n and Maura Harrigan reported on preliminary results of the LEAN protocol (Lifestyle, Exercise and Nutrition study). Modeled after the CDC Diabetes Prevention Program, goals for participants in the LEAN program are to lose 10% of current body weight, increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week and reduce fat in the diet to 25% of total calories each day.

By moving away from individual nutrients and focusing instead on lifestyle changes can result in 50% fewer recurrences. Even if the individual has never participated in regular exercise before diagnosis. It is never too late to begin exercising.

About nadineandadamblog

Nadine and Adam are mother and son. Nadine lives in Florida where she has provided outpatient MNT in a large healthsystem for the past 20 years. In addition, she teaches nutrition to second and third year family medicine residents. She is a past-spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Adam lives in Washington State. His career has largely been involved in recipe development and food production. He is currently developing recipes and menus for the Seattle schools to meet the new federal guidelines for school nutrition programs and he does outpatient nutrition counseling. He is also a voice in PSAs over Seattle radio representing the Washington Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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