Tuesday 25 April 2017

Western diet increases risk for prostate cancer patients

Men with prostate cancer are more than doubling their risk of death by eating processed foods and high fat dairy products
Men with prostate cancer are more than doubling their risk of death by eating processed foods and high fat dairy products

Ryan Nugent

Men with prostate cancer are more than doubling their risk of death by eating processed foods and high fat dairy products.

Prostate cancer patients eating what is known as a 'Western-diet' had two-and-a-half times the risk of mortality than those eating a healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits and fish.

Researchers examined the health and diet patterns of 926 men in the US who were diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The study was conducted by the Harvard Chad School of Public Health in the US.

More than 3,000 Irish men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, with the illness accounting for 13pc of male cancer deaths in Ireland, according to figures from the Movember Foundation.

Senior author of the study, Jorge Chavarro of the Harvard school, said that this evidence could be game changing for treating males with the illness.

"There is currently very little evidence to counsel men living with prostate cancer on how they can modify their lifestyle to improve survival. Our results suggest that a heart-healthy diet may benefit these men."

Irish Independent

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