Prostate Cancer Prefers Fat Over Sugar as Fuel

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Recent research by Dr. Ming Chen, Ph.D., published in Nature Genetics,  points to a high fat diet as the main environmental – that is, non-genetic –  factor in the spread of prostate cancer.

Being overweight has been linked to prostate cancer but it wasn’t clear why. This new research shows that when prostate cancer cells lose a specific gene they become “tiny fat factories,” which provides prostate cancer cells the energy to grow and spread.

Not all prostate cancer cells lose this gene, making it difficult for them to grow. However, eating a high level of dietary fat provides an alternative source of fat.

“What this paper suggests is that fat or high-fat diets promote more aggressive prostate cancer,” said Cory Abate-Shen, interim director of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University, who was not involved with the research.

The researchers were able to block prostate cancer growth using the obesity drug, fatostatin.

This research is being done with mouse models and there are more questions to be answered:

  1. High-sugar diets also cause obesity. Are the prostate tumors in men who became fat by eating high-sugar diets equally susceptible to metastasis? If they are, what is the mechanism?
  2. Are low-fat diets a protective measure?
  3. Which kinds of dietary fats fuel prostate cancer?

What You Can Do

  • Find vegetables that you really enjoy and make them the cornerstone of your meals plans.
  • Make a list of the high-fat foods you really like and eat most often. Then pick just one or two each week.
  • Work on getting those 10,000 steps per day!
  • Men – do take that annual PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood test to screen for prostate cancer.

The United States Preventative Services Task Force recently reversed its guidance on prostate cancer and now recommends that men talk with their doctors about screening for prostate cancer. Almost 29,000 men die each year from prostate cancer, so having an annual PSA test just makes sense.

Men should personally track their annual PSA results using the free PSA tracking tool –

Prostate cancer claims the lives of almost 29,000 men every year. 42% of all prostate cancer occurs in men younger than 65. It’s easy to detect using the simple PSA blood test.

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