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Prostate cancer risk could depend on what kind of food you eat

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Deep fried foods and prostate cancer risk linked

Studies are ongoing about how food affects risk of prostate cancer and even outcomes for men being treated for the disease. Now a new study suggests eating deep fried foods can raise chances of the disease that is a leading cause of death from cancer among men.

Evidence is emerging that risk for the cancer might depend on what you eat, which is good news for taking control of your health.

Studies have shown how we cook food can lead to a variety of cancers. Cooking food a high heat is known to be carcinogenic from chemicals released when frying, grilling and even broiling.

Crusty foods promote inflammation that can lead to heart disease and worsen diabetes.

A finding published October, 2012 found an association between eating a plant based diet and lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer.

Inflammation is also linked to cancer and a host of other diseases.

The newest study is the first to look at the impact of eating deep fried foods on prostate cancer risk.

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Researchers found eating the likes of doughnuts, fried chicken, fish or French fries more than once a week can raise the risk of prostate cancer as much as 37 percent.

There was also an association between more aggressive forms of the cancer and consuming deep fried foods, even after researchers controlled for age, race, family history, body-mass index and PSA screening history.

Acrylamide, heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), aldehyde that is an organic compound found in perfume and acrolein - a chemical in herbicides - are all cancer causing agents that are formed when oil is heated for deep frying frying.

Food cooked with high heat also contains AGEs or advanced glycation end products that are linked to promoting diabetes, Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular disease.

For the analysis, researchers looked at data from studies that included white and African American men diagnosed with prostate cancer. The investigation included 1,549 men who were matched with 1,492 age-matched healthy controls.

Men looking for ways to cut risk of prostate cancer might lower their risk by limiting deep fried foods to no more than once a month. Consuming a primarily plant based diet might also reduce the chances of the disease.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
January 28, 2013

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