A new study by UC San Francisco has determined that men diagnosed with prostate cancer may sigfinicaly elevate their survival rates by substituting healthy vegetable fats — such as olive and canola oils, nuts, seeds and avocados — for animal fats and carbohydrates, Men diagnosed with the disease had a markedly lower risk of developing lethal prostate cancer and dying from other causes.
The study examined nearly 4,600 men with non-metastatic prostate cancer and was published online on June 10 in JAMA Internal Medicine. “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. “The beneficial effects of unsaturated fats and harmful effects of saturated and trans fats on cardiovascular health are well known,” Richman said. “Now our research has shown additional potential benefits of consuming unsaturated fats among men with prostate cancer.”
“Overall, our findings support counseling men with prostate cancer to follow a heart-healthy diet in which carbohydrate calories are replaced with unsaturated oils and nuts to reduce the risk of all-cause mortality,” said Richman.
Source: Erin L. Richman et al. Fat Intake After Diagnosis and Risk of Lethal Prostate Cancer and All-Cause MortalityFat Intake After Lethal Prostate Cancer. JAMA Internal Medicine, 2013; : 1 DOI: