For the 2.5 million men in America living with prostate cancer, here’s some good news. One diet change can prolong your life… by a lot. This new research out of the University of California San Francisco has found that eating vegetable fats (olive oil, nuts, seeds, avocados) in place of animal fats and refined carbs dramatically drops your risk of being diagnosed with lethal prostate cancer, in fact this one change cuts the risk of dying from any cause.
Prostate cancer happens when the cells in the prostate gland start growing out of control. There usually aren’t any symptoms, though some men report urinary issues and discomfort. Once you’ve been diagnosed learn all you can and talk frankly about your options with your own healthcare team. Get a second opinion, or a third. You’ll learn the options for treatment of prostate cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, cryotherapy, hormone therapy and/or radiation. Sometimes what’s called “watchful waiting” is all that your doctor will recommend.
The well designed though not conclusive work appears in JAMA Internal Medicine and examined 24 years of data from 4,577 men who had non-metastatic (that is localized, non spreading disease) prostate cancer. During the research 1,064 of the men died, 31% from heart disease, just over 21% as a result of prostate cancer, slightly under 21% lost their lives to another form of cancer.
The study subjects who replaced just 10% of their calories from refined carbs with vegetable fat had almost a 30% lower risk of developing lethal prostate cancer PLUS a 26% lower risk of death from all causes. What’s good to know is that these subjects changed their diets after being diagnosed with cancer of the prostate, so it’s never too late to make changes that have a positive impact.
The most popular vegetable fat substitution for carbs made by participants was olive oil, oil based salad dressings, peanuts, peanut butter and other nuts. We know that both oils and nuts are naturally loaded with antioxidants that are good for your blood and cut inflammation. Of course the study can’t say for certain that including healthy fats in your diet is responsible for the survival edge the subjects who did so got, but healthy fats and nuts might very well have a protective role in terms of disease and risk of death.
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Lengthen Your Life ByTweaking Your Diet: Continued…
Replacing those refined carbs was key, most of which as we know come from processed,
refined grains and sugars. The team also saw that a little goes a long way -
adding a single tablespoon of olive oil a day was linked with a 29% lower risk
of the lethal form of prostate cancer, plus a 13% reduced risk of all cause mortality.
When adding nuts, the reduction of an ounce a day had an 18% reduction in prostate
cancer risk, PLUS an 11% cut in risk of death from any cause.
The trick is the total calorie intake needs to stay the same. You want to replace sweets, or sugars in particular. So stay away from the bakery and those premade baked goods as well as restaurants where trans fats are still not disclosed. If you see “partially hydrogenated oil” on a label, trans fats are in there.
This year almost 239,000 men will be diagnosed with cancer of the prostate, nearly 30,000 patients will die from the disease according to numbers from the National Cancer Institute. You now know of a potential change that you might easily make to keep yourself (or the man in your life) from joining that number.
To your good health,