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Vegetable Fats Could Lower Risk of Fatality from Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer effects a large number of men, with some sources estimating that as many as 80% have been diagnosed after they’ve reached 80 years old. A recent study suggests men with non-metastatic prostate cancer who change their diet from one rich in animal fats and carbohydrates to one rich in vegetable fats may lower their risk of dying from the disease by 26%.

Participants in the study included about 4,600 men with non-metastatic prostate cancer who took part in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study that took place between 1986 and 2010. During that time period, 1,064 of the men died, 31% from cardiovascular disease, 21% from prostate cancer, and 21% from other cancers.

The researchers noted that the men who replaced 10% of their total daily calories from carbohydrates with vegetable fats had a 29% less likely chance of developing lethal prostate cancer, as well as the 26% lower risk of dying mentioned above.

Upon further analysis, they discovered that eating a single serving of oil-based dressing daily was correlated with a 29% lower risk of lethal prostate cancer and a 13% lower risk of death. One serving of nuts was also associated with health benefits: 18% lower risk of dying from prostate cancer and 11% lower risk of dying from all causes.

Researchers from UC San Francisco conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on June 10, 2013, in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Previous research has linked vegetarian diets with lower incidence of hypertension, obesity and type-2 diabetes. If you decide to switch to a vegetarian diet, consult a nutritionist to make sure you’re getting all of the proper nutrients. Many vegetarians choose to supplement their diets with high quality supplements.

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