Lignan and Isoflavone Excretion in Relation to Uterine Fibroids: a Case-Control Study of Young to Middle-Aged Women in the United States

C Atkinson, JW Lampe, D Scholes, C Chen, K Wahala, SM Schwartz

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Abstract BACKGROUND: Uterine fibroids are hormonally responsive; estradiol and progesterone stimulate their growth, and gonadotrophin-releasing hormone agonists shrink them. Phytoestrogens, including isoflavones and lignans, can act as weak estrogens or antiestrogens. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this case-control study was to evaluate the relation between uterine fibroid risk and phytoestrogen exposure. DESIGN: Two overnight urine collections (48 h apart) from 170 uterine fibroid cases and 173 controls were analyzed for isoflavonoids (ie, daidzein, genistein, equol, and O-desmethylangolensin) and lignans (enterodiol and enterolactone). Logistic regression was used to determine associations between the mean excretion of the 2 collections and the risk of uterine fibroids. RESULTS: Unadjusted isoflavone excretion did not differ significantly between cases and controls (2.33 +/- 5.82 and 2.60 +/- 5.90 nmol/mg Cr, respectively; P = 0.68), but cases excreted significantly less lignans than did controls (2.86 +/- 3.45 and 4.57 +/- 6.67 nmol/mg Cr, respectively; P <0.01). The trend for a reduced risk of uterine fibroids with increasing quartiles of lignan excretion was significant (odds ratio for highest versus lowest quartile = 0.31; 95% CI: 0.17, 0.58; P for trend <0.01). When adjusted for age, BMI, race, family history of uterine fibroids, and isoflavone excretion, this trend remained but was attenuated (P = 0.07). CONCLUSIONS: Our findings suggest a modest inverse association between lignan excretion and uterine fibroid risk. Whether this relation represents an effect of lignans per se or of other constituents of lignan-containing foods on the development of uterine fibroids remains to be determined. No association was found between isoflavone excretion and uterine fibroids; however, the intake of soy foods, the primary source of isoflavones, was low in this population.
Translated title of the contributionLignan and Isoflavone Excretion in Relation to Uterine Fibroids: a Case-Control Study of Young to Middle-Aged Women in the United States
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587 - 593
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Volume84 (3)
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2006

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Publisher: American Society of Clinical Nutrition

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