The findings of a new study have now revealed that food could actually be a huge factor that could influence the risk of prostate cancer- a condition that affects nearly 3 million men.
“There is currently very little evidence to counsel men living with prostate cancer on how they can modify their lifestyle to improve survival,” the researchers explain. “Our results suggest that a heart-healthy diet may benefit these men by specifically reducing their chances of dying of prostate cancer.”
The researchers took in 926 men with prostate cancer for the study, and examined their dietary habits for a period of 5 years. Prostate cancer is known to have high survival rates due to the fact that it grows and progresses quite slowly.
The researchers found two distinct patterns of food consumption in the study subjects- a group which had a higher intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, fish, beans and legumes, and another group that consumed more of high fat and processed foods particularly red meat and refined grains.
The researchers then followed these men for another 10 year period and found that those who consumed the Western diet had more than twice the risk of dying of the disease, and 67% risk of death.
In contrast, men who consumed more of healthy foods had upto 36% reduced risk of dying of any cause.
It has already been found that consuming such foods can improve health and boost life span as well, and this is the first study to show how it could have an influence over prostate cancer as well.
“Therefore it is very important that our results are replicated in other studies with more diverse socioeconomic and racial/ethnic backgrounds,” the researchers concluded.