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Monday, June 8, 2015

This Kind of Food Kills Prostate Cancer Survivors

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Prostate cancer survivors who eat a typical U.S. diet laden with red meat, cheese and white bread are far more likely to die. In fact, they increase their risk of dying from any kind of disease by eating food that is unhealthy for them.

What does diet have to do with it? Everything!

Prostate cancer affects 240,000 U.S. men every year and kills about 30,000 a year. Study after study has proven that what we eat has a very strong and direct affect on our cancer risk. The American diet has become so unhealthy that it is referred to as the "Western Diet." It's responsible for increasing the risk of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's, and other potentially deadly diseases.

According to a recent study led by Dr. Jorge Chavarro of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, men who have survived prostate cancer are at particular risk. Eating a Western diet makes them more than 2.5 times as likely to die from their prostate cancer and 1.5 times more likely to die of other diseases over the next 10 years. This is compared to similar patients who changed their diet and began eating healthy.

What we SHOULD be eating!

It's now called the "Mediterranean Diet," but it is simply eating more fresh fruit, vegetables, fish instead of red meat, whole grain breads instead of white bread, and eliminating saturated fats. What was surprising about the study is the impact that a Western diet had on men who survived prostate cancer. As Dr. Chavarro comments, "Our findings with Western diet and prostate cancer-specific mortality, however, were surprising."

All the more reason why everyone, especially men who have survived prostate cancer, need to change their diets immediately and begin eating healthier in order to live longer and healthier lives.

To read more, visit www.nbcnews.com/health/cancer/average-u-s-diet-may-kill-prostate-cancer-survivors-n367841
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