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Diet change boosts survival in men with prostate cancer

Published on Jun 11, 2013 6:16 AM
 
 Variety of fruits, vegetables and other products on display at a supermarket. Men who ate more healthy fats from vegetables, nuts and olive oil after a diagnosis of prostate cancer saw better survival rates than peers whose diets were unchanged, a US study said on Monday. -- FILE PHOTO : BLOOMBERG

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Men who ate more healthy fats from vegetables, nuts and olive oil after a diagnosis of prostate cancer saw better survival rates than peers whose diets were unchanged, a US study said on Monday.

The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine suggest that dietary improvements can be an important way to lower the death risk among men whose prostate cancer has not spread.

"Consumption of healthy oils and nuts increases plasma antioxidants and reduces insulin and inflammation, which may deter prostate cancer progression," said lead author Erin Richman, a postdoctoral scholar in the University of California San Francisco Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

The study involved 4,577 men who had been diagnosed with non-metastatic prostate cancer between 1986 and 2010.

 
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