Adana Llanos, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Rutgers University School of Public Health, is the lead author of a study that finds that postmenopausal women who eat a diet rich in tomatoes have a lower risk of breast cancer. The research found that women who had a diet rich in tomatoes and tomato-based products had higher levels of adiponectin, a hormone that has been associated with lower risk of breast cancer.
Dr. Llanos stated, “The advantages of eating plenty of tomatoes and tomato-based products, even for a short period, were evident in our findings.
Dr. Llanos holds a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. in genetics from Howard University. She earned a master’s degree in public health from Ohio State University.
The article, “Effects of Tomato and Soy on Serum Adipokine Concentrations in Postmenopausal Women at Increased Breast Cancer Risk: A Cross-Over Dietary Intervention Trial,” was published on the website of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. It may be accessed here.