Dietary guidelines for breast cancer patients: A critical review

Ana Teresa Limon-Miro, Veronica Lopez-Teros, Humberto Astiazaran-Garcia

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Abstract

© 2017 American Society for Nutrition. Current dietary guidelines for breast cancer patients (BCPs) fail to address adequate dietary intakes of macro- and micronutrients that may improve patients' nutritional status. This review includes information from the PubMed and Biomed Central databases over the last 15 y concerning dietary guidelines for BCPs and the potential impact of a personalized, nutrient-specific diet on patients' nutritional status during and after antineoplastic treatment. Results indicated that BCPs should receive a nutritional assessment immediately after diagnosis. In addition, they should be encouraged to pursue and maintain a healthy body weight [body mass index (BMI; in kg/m2) 20-24.9], preserving their lean mass and avoiding an increase in fat mass. Therefore, after nutritional status diagnosis, a conservative energy restriction of 500-1000 kcal/d could be considered in the dietary intervention when appropriate. Based on the reviewed information, we propose a personalized nutrition intervention for BCPs during and after antineoplastic treatment. Specifications in the nutritional therapy should be based on the patients' nutritional status, dietary habits, schedule, activities, and cultural preferences. BCPs' daily energy intake should be distributed as follows: < 30% fat/d (mainly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids), ~55% carbohydrates (primarily whole foods such as oats, brown rice, and fruits), and 1.2- 1.5 g protein · kg-1 · d-1 to avoid sarcopenic obesity. Findings suggest that 5-9 servings/d of fruits (~150 g/serving) and vegetables (~75 g/serving) should be encouraged. Garlic and cruciferous vegetables must also be part of the nutrition therapy. Adequate dietary intakes of food-based macro- and micronutrients rich in β-carotene and vitamins A, E, and C can both prevent deterioration in BCPs' nutritional status and improve their overall health and prognosis.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)613-623
Number of pages11
JournalAdvances in Nutrition
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2017

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