Individual Study / AHS-2

Adventist Health Study-2

Adventist Health Study-2

Initiatives -
AHS-2 was designed with the goal of investigating the role of selected foods to change the risk of cancer. AHS-2 is designed to provide more precise and comprehensive results than previous pioneering research among Seventh-day Adventists, a unique health oriented population with diverse dietary habits.
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The study is funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute (5R01 CA094594).
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Investigators Contacts
  • Dr. Prof. Terry Butler
    Loma Linda University
  • Dr. Prof. Synnøve F Knutsen
    Loma Linda University


Study design
Population cohort
Follow Up
Repeated questionnaires every two years (participants fill out hospital history forms and list any hospitalizations and diagnoses of cancers, stroke, heart attack and diabetes during the previous two years) and record linkage.

Marker Paper

Butler TL, Fraser GE, Beeson WL, Knutsen SF, Herring RP, Chan J, Sabaté J, Montgomery S, Haddad E, Preston-Martin S, Bennett H, Jaceldo-Siegl K. Cohort profile: The Adventist Health Study-2 (AHS-2). Int J Epidemiol. 2008 Apr;37(2):260-5. doi: 10.1093/ije/dym165. Epub 2007 Aug 27.

PUBMED 17726038


Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals
  • Other : Members of the Adventist church

Number of participants

Number of participants
Number of participants with biosamples
Supplementary Information
Seventh-day Adventist church members living in the USA and Canada who are 30 years and older, and who are sufficiently fluent in English to complete the lengthy lifestyle questionnaire.


Availability of data and biosamples