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Nov 26, 2013

Healthy Lifestyle and Prostate Cancer Prevention for Men

It’s not the first time we've been told that living a healthy lifestyle is beneficial.

It’s not the first time we've been told that living a healthy lifestyle is beneficial. Acknowledging this statement is certainly true, yet what is the extent of it? Current cancer research tells us just that and gives us new hope in cancer prevention.


In a new Study titled “Healthy Habits Linked to Longer Telomeres in Prostate Cancer”, directed by the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, the association between a healthy lifestyle and chromosome length was explored. This study notes on previous findings that the length of telomeres, or protein complexes at the end of chromosomes, are linked to later cancer onset when a healthy lifestyle is implemented.


For this Study a cohort of 35 men with biopsy-proven, low risk prostate cancer, were opted into a lifestyle program. This program consisted of a diet low in fat and refined carbohydrates and high in whole fruits and vegetables; exercised aerobically for at least 30 minutes 6 days each week; engaged in stress management programs; and took part in a 1-hour weekly support group. Over a 5 year span, these men experienced a lengthening in telomeres, and consequently, an improvement in chromosome and overall health.


Results not only concluded an improvement in the intervention groups’ telomeres, but in the control group who were solely monitored for 5 years, in contrast, concluded with an overall shortening in telomeres.


As results are encouraging, further research into the correlation between lifestyle and health will continue to broaden the understanding of the extent of benefits our society may incur.