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Diets high in saturated fat increase the risk of prostate cancer. As per a report from University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, published in the International Journal of Cancer, men who consume high saturated animal fat diet have double the likelihood of experiencing disease progression after prostate cancer surgery compared to men with lower saturated fat intake. There is also shorter "disease-free" survival time among obese men who consume high saturated fat diet compared to non-obese men consuming diets low in saturated fat. Men with a high saturated fat intake had the shortest survival time free of prostate cancer (19 months). Non-obese men with low fat intake had the longest survival time free of the disease (46 months). Non-obese men with high intake and obese men with low intake had "disease-free" survival of 29 and 42 months, respectively.
Take home messages
- High saturated fat diet has been linked to cancer of the prostate.
- Reducing saturated fat in the diet after prostate cancer surgery can help reduce cancer progression.
- Cancer prostate has the same risk factors as that of heart blockages and both are linked to high saturated fat intake.
- With an increase in number of heart patients, a corresponding increase in prostate cancer patients is also seen in the society.