Prostate Cancer: Can Adopting Healthier Diet Help?
Prostate cancer is becoming common among men and it is a huge concern for women too as they will have to also share from the pain.
Both sexes are usually troubled by this monster that has kept researchers on their toes, searching for natural remedies.
This drive for a solution has been triggered by one question that men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer ask.
Can adopting a healthier diet help fight prostate cancer?
Several studies have shown that in countries where men eat a typical "Western" diet containing a large amount of meat, the incidence of prostate cancer, especially aggressive prostate cancer, is higher than in countries where plant-based foods are eaten.
Although these studies weren't designed to prove cause and effect and do not give definitive answers about prostate cancer; researchers are actively studying this topic.
One area that investigators are looking at, according to Harvard medical School, is whether a diet that's higher in plant-based foods and lower in animal-based foods will help control tumour growth in men.
A Men’s Eating and Living study is underway and participants will try to eat 9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
This is significantly more than the 3 to 4 servings consumed each day by the typical American man.
They will also eat 2 servings of whole grains and 1 serving of beans or other legumes.
It is a two-year clinical trial that will include men aged between 50 and 80 years old who have small, low-grade tumours and who have opted to have their condition followed closely.
Researchers will randomly assign participants to telephone counselling about how to achieve the dietary MEAL goals or to a control group that receives standard dietary advice for Americans.
In the process, investigators will collect blood samples from the participants to assess their levels of antioxidants and nutrients and then monitor them with PSA tests and prostate biopsies to determine whether the cancer is progressing.
A pilot study showed the approach is workable, and that with enough telephone prompting, men can increase their intake of vegetables and other healthy foods.
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If you know someone with prostate cancer and want to implement the MEAL eating plan on them, take a look at the basics below.