Diet and Prostate Cancer Risk

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Story Updated: May 22, 2014

New research suggests that what a man puts in his stomach may ultimately affect his risk for prostate cancer. The connection between dietary

and lifestyle-related factors and prostate cancer is the subject of no fewer than 3 new studies.

One study involved participants in an ongoing Veterans Administration investigation. The researchers found that prostate cancer risk seems to drop among those who consume diets that are rich in complex carbohydrates and lower in proteins and fat.

A second investigation involved men enrolled in the California Collaborative Prostate Cancer study. The researchers concluded that consuming milk but not other dairy products seems to up the risk for developing advanced prostate cancer.

Lastly, in a third study researchers linked having a cluster of metabolic-related conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or

high triglycerides to a higher risk for aggressive prostate cancer.

The studies were slated for presentation at a large annual meeting. The session moderator noted that more research is needed in this area but this collective evidence builds a case for healthy lifestyle as a good first line of defense against prostate cancer

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news doctors are reading health news for healthier living.

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