The Link Between Aggressive Prostate Cancer and Saturated Fat

Fat CellsProstate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases has published a report linking a diet of saturated fat via meat and dairy products being a contributor to developing aggressive prostate cancer, the risk being greater for patients who were not using cholesterol lowering “statin” drugs. The risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer via a high saturated fat diet was higher in men of European descent than those of African descent.

In Western Countries, prostate cancer is more common; and in Western Countries, more saturated fat is consumed. A steady diet of saturated fats creates high blood cholesterol levels, which have previously been linked to prostate cancer.

The study reviewed data on over 1800 participants — all of whom were newly diagnosed with prostate cancer — included over 300 who had a highly aggressive form of prostate cancer. Participants were questioned about their dietary habits as well as medicine they were taking. Also factored in were race, age, and activity levels.

Scientists then made calculations of the level of saturated fat in the diet of each participant. Calculations were also made on the amount of mono- and poly-unsaturated fat found in each participant’s diet. Mono- and poly-unsaturated fats are they kinds of fats in vegetables and fish.

Findings indicated that participants with the most aggressive forms of prostate cancer had a higher intake of calories on a daily basis as well as higher levels of cholesterol and a great majority of calories generated from fats. Of those fats, the majority were saturated fats.

Participants with the highest levels of fat intake had a 51% higher risk for the most aggressive forms of prostate cancer. White men showed an increase in cholesterol and thus an increase in more aggressive forms of prostate cancer. Participants not taking cholesterol-lowering “statins” had an over 70% risk for aggressive prostate cancer compared to 16% for participants who were taking the drugs.

In order to correct the downward turn associated with saturated fats, men can switch to a diet with limited or no dairy or meat (especially processed meats). Instead a diet of fish (especially dark meat fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, and herring), vegetables, and plant based oils should be considered.

This kind of dietary change can help prevent other diseases like heart disease and diabetes.

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