Prostate Cancer: Vegetable Fats Boost Survival Chances

Men with prostate cancer could significantly improve their survival chances by eating more vegetable fats from nuts, oils and other sources, UCSF researchers have found.

Men with non-metastatic prostate cancer who replaced just 10 percent of their total daily carbohydrate intake with the same number of calories from vegetable fats had a 29 percent lower risk of developing lethal prostate cancer and a 26 percent lower risk of dying from any cause during the study period.

The study took data from a large-scale Harvard School of Public Health study involving more than 51,000 men and followed nearly 4,600 of them between 1986 and 2010 who had early-stage prostate cancer. The study adjusted for age, weight, smoking and other health factors.

Researchers said the findings support counseling men with prostate cancer to replace a portion of their carbohydrate calories with unsaturated nuts and oils.

The research was published online Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Victoria Colliver, Erin Allday, Stephanie M. Lee
Published 7:39 pm, Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Source: San Francisco Chronicle