Vegetable Fats May Increase Prostate Cancer Survival Rates
According to a recent report by NPR, men previously diagnosed with non-metastatic prostate cancer who replace 10% of their daily carbohydrate intake with vegetable fats such as olive oil and nuts are less likely to develop life threatening metastasized prostate cancer– the type of cancer that spreads from the prostate to other areas of the body.
Over an eight-year follow up period, men who replaced 10 percent of their daily carbs with vegetable fats, olive and canola oils, demonstrated a 29-percent reduced rate of developing metastasized prostate cancer and a 26 percent reduced risk of death. And, a daily handful of nuts, just an ounce, reduced the risk of developing metastatic prostate cancer by 18 percent.
Since it is not clear if the benefits to patients were directly related to an increase of vegetable fats, or simply the overall reduction of carbs in the diet, future studies will be performed. Carbohydrates are known to produce inflammation within the body, which is a contributing factor to the spread of cancer.
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