Harvard Men's Health Watch

New evidence that a heart-healthy diet also helps fight prostate cancer

Replace refined carbs with vegetable fats to slow early stage cancer from progressing to a more lethal form.

Over the years, evidence has accumulated that men who eat a heart-healthy diet and exercise regularly have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer. But recent findings from the Harvard-based Health Professionals Follow-up Study suggest even after a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer, healthy eating can help stack the odds in his favor.

"It's one of the first studies to look at dietary interventions after men have been diagnosed with prostate cancer," says Dr. Marc B. Garnick, a prostate cancer specialist at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. "It supports the idea that you can potentially modify the behavior of prostate cancer that is still confined to the prostate gland."

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