According to a study published online on 6/10/13 in JAMA Internal Medicine, while prostate cancer affects millions of men around the world, little is known about the relationship between patients' diets following their diagnosis and progression of the disease.
Bear in mind that these are recommendations for men following the diagnosis of prostate cancer....imagine the health benefits if men adopted these guidelines while still healthy...
Men with prostate cancer may significantly improve their survival chances with a simple change in their diet. Recommendations include the substitution of healthy vegetable fats like olive oil, nuts, seeds and avocados for animal fats and carbohydrates. This dietary shift in men with prostate cancer that had not yet spread caused a markedly lower risk of developing lethal prostate cancer.
"Consumption of healthy oils and nuts increases plasma antioxidants and reduces insulin and inflammation, which may deter prostate cancer progression," said lead author Erin L. Richman, ScD, a post-doctoral scholar in the UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Richman went on to indicate that "the beneficial effects of unsaturated fats and harmful effects of saturated and trans fats on cardiovascular health are well known."
Men who replaced 10% of their total daily calories from carbohydrates with healthy vegetable fats had a 29% lower risk of developing lethal prostate cancer and a 26% lower risk of dying from all causes.
Adding a single serving of oil-based dressing a day (one tablespoon) was associated with a 29 percent lower risk of lethal prostate cancer and a 13 percent lower risk of death, the authors of the above cited research found. And adding one serving of nuts a day (one ounce) was associated with an 18 percent lower risk of lethal prostate cancer and an 11 percent lower risk of death.
Imagine the long term health benefits of making these simple changes NOW.