Simple carbs associated with Prostate Cancer – new study

Study details:

  • Prospective study of 8,000 Swedish men between the ages of 45 – 73 without a history of cancer were followed for 15 years.
  • Prostate cancer was diagnosed in 817 men.
  • No significant associations were seen for total carbohydrates, dietary fiber, whole grains, vegetables, fruit and berries, high-fiber bread, and fruit juices.
  • A high intake of cake, biscuits, rice and pasta was associated with increased risk of low-risk prostate cancer
  • Significantly increased risk of symptomatic prostate cancer  (aggressive prostate cancer) was seen for a high intake of sugar-sweetened beverages. (Drake et al. 2012)


My take on this:

Eating like the flour-mill never existed is the best way to go if you are interested in preventing most disease’s including prostate cancer (CaP.) Men with CaP can significantly slow the progression of their disease by significantly reducing the consumptions of sugar (or carbs – pretty much the same thing). My patients are typically on a very low simple carbohydrate-eating plan. Even fruit juices are frowned upon – exception include pomegranate juice, only 4 ounces at a time to reduce the sugar load. All white foods are out – exceptions include cauliflower and daikon (root vegetable).


For additional anti-CaP dietary tips scroll down on the CaP section of this site:



Drake I, Sonestedt E, Gullberg B, Ahlgren G, Bjartell A, Wallström P, Wirfält E. Dietary intakes of carbohydrates in relation to prostate cancer risk: a prospective study in the Malmo Diet and Cancer cohort. Am J Clin Nutr. 2012 Dec;96(6):1409-18.

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