A new study has indicated that men suffering from prostate cancer could benefit by by ingesting vegetable fats. Patients who replaced their animal fats with vegetable fats were found to have a lower mortality rate.
The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and led by Erin L. Richman, Sc.D of the University of California, San Francisco. According to Medical News Today, the research involved “4,577 men from the Health Professional Follow-Up Study with non-metastatic prostate cancer between 1986 and 2010. They focused on the patients’ dietary fat intake after diagnosis. Every four years, they completed questionnaires which asked how often they ate and drank over 130 different types of foods and drinks.”
Medical News Today reports that the study concluded that men “who replaced 10% of their dietary calorific intake of carbohydrates with vegetable fat had a 29% lower risk of lethal prostate cancer and a 26% lower risk of death from any cause.” The authors concluded that “in this prospective analysis, vegetable fat intake after diagnosis was associated with a lower risk of lethal prostate cancer and all-cause mortality.”
These findings also address what doctors normally advise their prostate cancer patients to do, which is cut out all fats from their diet. The advice that should be given, based on the findings of this study, would be to tell patients to “consume more fat, fewer carbohydrates, and to make sure the fats come from plants and not animals.”
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