A recently published paper (Feb 2012) explained that heart disease increases one’s risk for prostate cancer. This is not a surprise as both heart disease (1-5) and prostate cancer (6-9) are promoted by chronic inflammation, a fact that has been known for a long time.
However, there is a key inaccuracy in the news message. It is not that heart disease causes prostate cancer; rather, both diseases are caused by chronic inflammation, such that the diseases cluster together.
The goal should not be to wait until these diseases express themselves, which they definitely will, if men pursue inflammation. Rather, men should pursue a “deflamed” state, which will give them a better chance of not expressing chronic inflammatory diseases.
Additionally, at least as early as 2005, researchers suggested that the “anti-prostate cancer” diet should be the same as the “anti-heart disease” diet: for prostate health:
“It would be prudent to emphasize a diet consisting of a wide variety of plant-based foods and fish; this is similar to what is recommended (and what is more well established) for the primary prevention of heart disease” (10).
And then in 2008, researchers told us that the “fast food, cold cut, chips and white bread diet” increases prostate cancer expression (11).
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