Prostate cancer and nutrition

Despite all that’s been written about prostate cancer and nutrition, researchers really don’t completely understand what role a man’s diet plays in the development or progression of prostate cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, the risk of prostate cancer is slightly higher in men who eat a lot of red meat, or maintain a diet that includes a lot of high-fat dairy foods and few fruits and vegetables. They recommend eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day. They also encourage you to choose whole grain breads, rices, pastas, and cereals.

But what about men who have already been diagnosed with prostate cancer? Are there certain foods or supplements they can take to help prevent progression of their cancer, or prevent a recurrence once they’ve had conventional treatment?

This section of the web site explores the subject of prostate cancer and diet, with a focus on men who already have the disease. We also put a priority on information that has been documented in clinical studies.

While they are not perfect, clinical studies often (but not always) include a larger number of men, which helps us to know if the results are really significant or not. In randomized clinical trials, the methodology (how the study is conducted) tends to be more stringent than industry studies. To learn more about how to read and interpret clinical studies, read searching for information.

Our current articles about prostate cancer and nutrition include:

Lycopene benefit in prostate cancer not clear
Pomegranate juice holds promise for prostate cancer
Does soy have potential in prostate cancer?
The role of green tea in prostate cancer treatment
Is vitamin D a wonder drug for prostate cancer?

As you read these articles, remember that vitamins, supplements, and even some “natural” foods may have an effect on a man’s body or may interact with other medications. Many “natural” products that you purchase in stores are not regulated by the FDA. That’s why it’s always prudent to check with a qualified medical professional before adding anything new to your loved one’s dietary regimen.

Updated 8/13

Always discuss everything you read on this web site with a qualified medical professional.

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