Eating habits nowadays are controversial, diverse, and most of them come with all kinds of related risks over habitual consumptions. In prostate cancer cases, eating a diet rich in red and processed meat along with high fat dairy foods and refined grains, also known as the western diet, leads to a very high risk of mortality. The best alternative for this rich and fat diet is a regime based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy oils, as a new study from Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health reveals.
A healthy and light diet significantly increases rates of survival among prostate cancer patients, as we will be able to read in the new study that appeared online yesterday, in the Journal Cancer Prevention Research. In people who have changed their nutrition habits after being diagnosed with prostate cancer, serious health improvements have been observed and noted. Nearly three million men were analyzed and observed over an extended period of time, and it seems that nutrition and a healthy diet have a giant weight when it comes to our health generally and to patients with prostate cancer in particular.
Health and diet data was gathered from approximately 926 men who participated in the Physicians’ Health study that was conducted in two phases. All the patients were diagnosed with prostate cancer and were followed by the team of researchers for 14 years after their diagnosis and grouped into quartiles, according to their dietary habits.
Men who ate a Western diet were diagnosed with an increased risk of prostate cancer related death and a 67% increased risk of death from any other cause. On the other hand, the ones who were taking greater care of their nutrition habits, were faced with a much lower risk of death from all causes, resumed to a 36% percentage.
However, the results are not very much relevant related to racial diversity, as all the men who participated in the research are white. Results must be expanded in other studies with diversified socioeconomic and ethnic or racial backgrounds. The more so a consequent study reveals that most prostate cancer cases are found in black men, as a UNC Chapel Hill research shows. Scientists from the institution have been studying disparity in prostate cancer rates for ten years and they concluded that black men are exposed to higher risks of developing the disease, compared to the white population.
All in all, eating healthy keeps us healthy, regardless of the affections our body is exposed to. Vegetables, high quality oils and whole grains help digestion and increase our immune system that with healthy food strengthens its capacities to fight all disease risks.