The #1 worst eating habit in killing prostate cancer, a new study suggests – Eat this, not that

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The #1 worst eating habit in killing prostate cancer, a new study suggests - Eat this, not that

​​Prostate cancer has touched many lives as it is one of the most common types of cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic. Age, race, obesity, and family history are just a few of the factors that determine whether someone is at higher risk of developing the disease. And now a new study has found that an unhealthy diet that includes a fair amount of processed meat may increase your risk of prostate cancer.

In a study recently published in European urology, blood was drawn from 12,000 people in the 1980s and 1990s. Data was also collected from the participants on various aspects of their lifestyle. Those behind the study then looked at who follows a healthy lifestyle — that is, one that includes a good diet (including a diet high in fish and tomatoes but no processed meat), a healthy one Maintaining weight and consuming a significant amount of it by exercising and not smoking—and used that information along with a 2021 genome-wide association study. They found that men with a higher genetic risk of developing prostate cancer were more likely to have fatal prostate cancer Reduced prostate cancer by 45%.

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“All men should be encouraged to maintain a healthy lifestyle given the benefits that come with it. A healthy lifestyle may be particularly important for men with an increased genetic risk of prostate cancer,” said the corresponding author Anna Plym, Ph.D.from Brigham’s Department of Urology, accordingly EurekAlert! “Of the factors we examined, maintaining a healthy weight and regular physical activity and not smoking appeared to be the most important factors.”

“I found the study quite insightful but not overly surprising given my understanding of healthy living.” dr Dana Ellis Hunnes, Ph.D., MPH, RD, Senior Clinical Dietitian at UCLA Medical Center, Assistant Professor at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and author of recipe for survival told Eat this, not that! “I think the most surprising aspect for most people would be how much of a role diet plays in cancer risk, especially if it’s hereditary, and how a healthy diet and lifestyle can reduce that risk so significantly.”

Hunnes explains that “a healthy diet can reduce the risk of fatal prostate cancer because there are many foods (processed meats, processed foods/sugar) that affect hormone levels (testosterone/estrogen, etc.).” , including prostate cancer, are affected by hormone levels, which may explain why men who drink lots of cow’s milk (which contains naturally occurring estrogens) have a greater risk of prostate cancer than men who avoid cow’s milk and/or are plant-based.”

Regarding the specific foods mentioned in the study results that may lower the risk of prostate cancer, Hunnes notes that “Tomatoes, with their high lycopene content (higher/better bioavailable when cooked) help to lower the risk of prostate cancer, it is an antioxidant and phytonutrient.” At the same time, “fish may reduce the risk of prostate cancer due to its healthy polyunsaturated fats, which we can also get from plant sources including seaweed.”

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On the other hand, “Processed meats are known to be inflammatory foods that increase TMAO and IGF-1, an insulin-like growth factor that can affect other hormones in the body as well, since everything is interconnected.” Therefore, “Eating processed meat and the Increases in inflammation and certain hormones also increase the risk of certain types of cancer.”

To find out how your diet can affect your chances of developing the disease, be sure to read Things to Ward Off “Deadly” Prostate Cancer.

Desiree O

Desirée O is a freelance writer covering lifestyle, food and nutrition news, among others. Continue reading

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