Cancer

The Relationship between Diet and Prostate Cancer

As if you needed another reason to reevaluate your eating habits, more evidence shows the benefits of adopting a low-fat, Mediterranean-style diet – especially for men.

Prostate Cancer: How Fats Play a Role

Some studies have found an association between high fat intake and prostate cancer, particularly with red meat and high-fat dairy product consumption.

“Interestingly enough, the Japanese had a very low incidence of prostate cancer before WWII. Then, when they looked at all the Japanese that migrated to America after WWII, [they found that] the more Americanized their diet became, the higher their incidence of prostate cancer,” Mark Delworth MD, Medical Director of Robotics at Bethesda North Hospital, explains.

On the other hand, omega-3 fats found in certain fish, like salmon, sardines and fresh tuna, may be protective.

In General: If It's Good for Your Heart, It's Good for Your Prostate

While no measure is full-proof, a variety of lifestyle factors may play a role in lowering your risk for developing prostate cancer.

Dr. Delworth says exercising, getting plenty of sleep, practicing stress-reduction techniques, and eating a low-fat diet are the best ways to strengthen your immune system and protect against prostate cancer. “Whatever is good for your heart is good for your prostate,” he adds.

Tags Cancer , Nutrition and Eating

Last Updated: November 08, 2013