During a three-year period, they did an important study.
It took place in the major hospitals around Athens, Greece.
The researchers evaluated the medical records and interviewed men diagnosed with prostate cancer during this time.
Then they attempted to see what these men were eating and drinking.
Researchers wanted to know how the patients were living so they could determine if there was something clearly connected to cancer.
Is there a connection between prostate cancer prevention?
If something patients were eating, drinking, or doing was causing them to get prostate cancer.
Obviously, finding a tie between something they were eating, drinking, or doing, would be incredible.
This would be an important discovery to help men all over the world with prostate cancer prevention.
It would help them to avoid the most common cancer of all for men, prostate cancer.
So, to make this a good study, researchers took a group of men that were identical in every respect.
The only difference was some of the men did not have prostate cancer.
This was the “control” group.
The researchers used this group to compare the results from the two groups.
They could see what was going on that was different between the prostate cancer and the non-prostate cancer groups.
Now, the type of study is not the best way to study diet and to tie it to health.
Because people don’t always remember what they have eaten or drank.
And they don’t always tell the truth.
But in this case, the study was very well done.
We can learn a lot from it — it’s a great start for other studies to confirm these findings.
So, let’s get to the study.
One of the things that supposedly causes prostate cancer is eating too much fat.
This especially applies to saturated fat like butter and animal products.
But this study says the OPPOSITE.
2 associations were statistically significant: a positive association for polyunsaturated fat and an inverse association for vitamin E.
So, what does “a positive association polyunsaturated fat and prostate cancer” mean?
It means that the more PUFAs that a man consumed, the higher the incidence of prostate cancer.
PUFAs are the oils found in seed oils, such as soybean, canola, peanut corn, and the rest.
And the inverse association for vitamin E means that higher vitamin E levels correspond to lower prostate cancer levels.
There was nothing else particularly significant.
Men consuming large amounts of butter or olive oil were not any more likely to get prostate cancer.
But men consuming PUFAs were far more likely to get prostate cancer.
Our data provide strong evidence that seed oils and polyunsaturated fats may play a dominant role in prostate carcinogenesis.
There was one other finding that was interesting.
If you want to avoid prostate cancer, avoid PUFAs and take some vitamin E.
And consume more tomatoes.
The study found a correlation between consuming more tomatoes and tomato products and a lower incidence of prostate cancer.
The current thinking is that this is because of the lycopene in the tomatoes.
I’m not so sure.
It may be that people consuming tomatoes and tomato products are more likely to cook at home.
It’s very difficult to tell with these studies because there’s no way to know what causes what.
They are just interesting because they can show you what correlates with what.
In this case, we know for a fact that seed oils correlate with higher incidences of prostate cancer.
And the results show that the tie-in is VERY strong.
What this study can’t show us is the “Whys.”
We don’t know why the results came out the way they did.
But we know that eating and consuming vegetable oils and polyunsaturated fats cause prostate cancer.
These foods that cause prostate inflammation have all been tied to cancer and other issues.
- Diet and cancer of the prostate: a case-control study in Greece
- Prostate Cancer—Patient Version - National Cancer Institute
- Prostate cancer - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic