Sorry, guys, extra coffee and gym time aren't enough in the prostate-cancer fight
Drink coffee! Work out! For men who want to prevent prostate cancer (which is to say: all of them), those would appear to be the much-publicized take-home messages of two new studies released this week. This is fine advice -- but then, it was fine advice before the results were announced too.
The first study, by Harvard University researchers, found that men who drank lots of java had a lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer. Here's the release from the American Assn. of Cancer Research, where both studies were announced, and a Bloomberg article.
The other study, also by Harvard researchers, found that even a measly 15 minutes of daily exercise reduced overall death rates in men with prostate cancer. More vigorous exercise, they found, reduced death rates from prostate cancer. Here's that release and a Time magazine blog post.
But here's a downloadable booklet, Nutrition, Exercise and Prostate Cancer, that highlights the whole puzzle, not just the pieces. Inflammation and oxidation play key roles in disease, it explains. Food, drinks, activity, supplements -- they affect such factors.
It offers a nice reminder as to why research on individual foods and activities should be taken in context. They're part of a larger whole.
(And here's a similar publication, Nutrition & Prostate Cancer, from UC San Francisco. Of note here are the specific food details and recipes. Check out the dilled salmon salad with peas.)
-- Tami Dennis
Photo: Drink up! Or you could just make sure your overall diet is a good one -- full of vegetables and lean protein. (This photo is actually of a tester at the Coffee Quality Institute, but the visual does highlight the peril of taking individual studies too seriously.)
Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times