Relationship of Serum Superoxide Dismutase Activity and Lifestyle in Healthy Japanese Adults

Masanori Nojima, Fumio Sakauchi, Mitsuru Mori, Akiko Tamakoshi, Yoshinori Ito, Yoshiyuki Watanabe, Yutaka Inaba, Kazuo Tajima, Kei Nakachi, Mitsuru Mori, Fumio Sakauchi, Yutaka Motohashi, Ichiro Tsuji, Yosikazu Nakamura, Hiroyasu Iso, Haruo Mikami, Michiko Kurosawa, Yoshiharu Hoshiyama, Naohito Tanabe, Koji TamakoshiKenji Wakai, Shinkan Tokudome, Shuji Hashimoto, Shogo Kikuchi, Yasuhiko Wada, Takashi Kawamura, Yoshiyuki Watanabe, Kotaro Ozasa, Tsuneharu Miki, Chigusa Date, Kiyomi Sakata, Yoichi Kurozawa, Takesumi Yoshimura, Yoshihisa Fujino, Akira Shibata, Naoyuki Okamoto, Hideo Shio

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Superoxide dismutase (SOD) is an antioxidant enzyme that acts to degrade superoxide, a major causitive factor for oxidative stress associated with cancer, cardiovascular disease, and various other ailments. Here, to assess an association between antioxidants and lifestyle factors related to cancer risk, we analyzed serum SOD activity among the subjects within a large-scale cohort study in Japan. As results, significant differences in serum SOD activity were found between the sexes (lower in males), among female age groups (lower in younger individuals), and in males with the BMI (lower in those with a high BMI). Linear increase in serum SOD activity with aging and decrease with BMI were observed in females. Significantly low SOD activity was evident in male heavy smokers. In contrast, elevation was noted in female frequent drinkers. In conclusion, our findings do suggest associations between serum SOD activity and lifestyle factors. However, for further study, establishment of a standard measurement method for SOD activity should be a high priority.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-40
Number of pages4
JournalAsian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention
Issue numberSUPPL.1
Publication statusPublished - 12-2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Cancer Research

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    Nojima, M., Sakauchi, F., Mori, M., Tamakoshi, A., Ito, Y., Watanabe, Y., Inaba, Y., Tajima, K., Nakachi, K., Mori, M., Sakauchi, F., Motohashi, Y., Tsuji, I., Nakamura, Y., Iso, H., Mikami, H., Kurosawa, M., Hoshiyama, Y., Tanabe, N., ... Shio, H. (2009). Relationship of Serum Superoxide Dismutase Activity and Lifestyle in Healthy Japanese Adults. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, 10(SUPPL.1), 37-40.