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A new study suggests that a Western diet – high in red and processed meats, refined grains and high-fat dairy products – could increase the risk of death for people with prostate cancer from both prostate cancer and all causes.

The study, published in Cancer Prevention Research, was conducted by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and investigated the diets of 926 men diagnosed with prostate cancer for an average of 14 years after their diagnosis.

“There is currently very little evidence to counsel men living with prostate cancer on how they can modify their lifestyle to improve survival. Our results suggest that a heart-healthy diet may benefit these men by specifically reducing their chances of dying of prostate cancer,” says senior author Jorge Chavarro, assistant professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard Chan School.

Not only is a traditional Western diet bad for those suffering from colorectal disorders including prostate cancer, but it has been linked to contributing to prostate cancer development.

Choose a diet that’s high in fresh vegetables, fruits, lean fish and meats, whole grains, and low in manufactured fats such as transitive fats.

If you need help managing colorectal disorders or prostate cancer, give us a call. One of our many colorectal specialists would be able to help answer any questions that you might have.

References: Dietary patterns after prostate cancer diagnosis in relation to disease-specific and total mortality, Meng Yang et al., Cancer Prevention Research, doi: 10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-14-0442, published online 1 June 2015, abstract.


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