(Natural News) A study carried out by a team of scientists from Spain discovered that following a Mediterranean diet lowers the risk of developing prostate cancer. In the study, they analyzed the association of Mediterranean dietary patterns with prostate cancer risk.
In conducting the study, the research team used the data from the Multicase-Control Study on Common Tumors in Spain (MCC-Spain), which gathered dietary information on 754 confirmed cases of prostate cancer and 1,277 individuals between the age of 38 and 85 years. The MCC-Spain is a population study carried out by different universities, hospitals, and health institutes in Spain.
The research team categorized the participants into three groups according to which dietary pattern their eating habits are most similar to. The dietary patterns included Western, prudent, and Mediterranean — the most common dietary patterns in Spain.
The Mediterranean dietary pattern is rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, legumes, and olive oil, while the Western diet is composed of dairy products, refined grains, processed meat, sodas, sweets, fast food, and sauces. Meanwhile, the prudent dietary pattern is characterized by low-fat dairy products, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and juices.
They also evaluated the participants’ degree of adherence to each pattern, which was divided into four categories, ranging from low to high. Then, the adherence to each model was matched against the risk of prostate cancer according to tumor aggressiveness and stage of disease development.
The findings of the study, which were published in the Journal of Urology, revealed that men who highly adhered to a Mediterranean diet…Read More