Lowering Cancer Risk When Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer
239,000. That’s the number of men who will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year alone. Nearly 30,000 men will die from this disease. Fortunately nutrition studies provide us with clues about dietary strategies for longer survival rates after a diagnosis of prostate cancer.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, followed 4,600 men with localized prostate cancer for 8 years. During the study, over 1,000 men died, with 31% dying from heart disease, and 21% dying from prostate cancer. Those with the least risk for cancer recurrence ate more healthy fats: olive and vegetable oils, nuts and seeds, and avocados.
Healthy oils and fats replacing saturated fats such as full-fat dairy foods, stick margarine, shortening, animal fats and poultry skin, offer some protection from prostate cancer coming back.
Reducing refined carbs offers protection, too. Avoid most of the time: refined breads and cereal, refined rice and pasta, and sweet bakery treats and desserts.
Those men who replaced saturated fats and refined carbs with healthier fats had a 29% lower risk of dying from prostate cancer, and a 13% lower risk of dying from any other cause. And the researchers noted that obesity or excess weight also plays a role in reducing survival from prostate cancer.