Washington: According to a study, by adopting a few simple changes in dietary habits, men with prostate cancer can significantly improve their chances of survival.

The study conducted by UC San Francisco has found that by substituting healthy vegetable fats, such as olive and canola oils, nuts, seeds and avocados, in turn of animal fats and carbohydrates, men with the disease had a markedly lower risk of developing lethal prostate cancer.

Lead author Erin L. Richman, ScD, a post-doctoral scholar in the UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, said that consumption of healthy oils and nuts increases plasma antioxidants and reduces insulin and inflammation, which may deter prostate cancer progression.

The authors uncovered a striking benefit that men, who replaced 10 percent of their total daily calories from carbohydrates, with healthy vegetable fats, had a 29 percent lower risk of developing lethal prostate cancer.

Adding a single serving of oil-based dressing a day, one tablespoon, was associated with a 29 percent lower risk of lethal prostate cancer and a 13 percent lower risk of death, the authors found.

It was also found that adding one serving of nuts a day, one ounce, was associated with an 18 percent lower risk of lethal prostate cancer and an 11 percent lower risk of death.

(Agencies)

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