It is estimated that there will be more than 250,000 diagnoses of, and approximately 35,000 deaths from prostate cancer in 2014. Detection of the disease earlier as a consequence of the introduction of the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test is one factor in contributing to the lowering of prostate cancer mortality rate in the past few years. The PSA test has resulted in a dramatic increase in the diagnosis of asymptomatic prostate cancer.
Many of these patients have a disease that is inherently different from the aggressive metastatic disease. These patients can be managed best by altering lifestyle, changing diet and incorporating dietary supplements without radical surgical options. Let us look at foods that impact prostate cancer. A recent study did not identify any association between meat consumption and prostate cancer recurrence or progression. However there is a correlation with consumption of meats cooked well done and increased prostate cancer risk. Charred meats contain carcinogenic chemicals that may pose risk.
Another study showed that prostate cancer patients consuming the most saturated fat from meat and dairy followed over five years had over three times the risk of dying from prostate cancer compared with men consuming the least amount of saturated fat. Men with higher levels of omega 3 fatty acids, found in fatty cold water fish had lowered incidence of prostate cancer. Cruciferous vegetables and soy decrease the risk of prostate cancer as does lycopene, an antioxidant found in tomatoes. Green tea, pomegranate and saw palmetto have shown to be protective against prostate cancer, as has vitamins D, E and selenium.
If you are a male above forty years of age and wish to embark on a lifestyle program that reduces your chances of prostate cancer eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables, non- charred lean meats, cold water fish. Drink plenty of green tea and consider lowering your intake of refined simple carbohydrates. For more information, email or call the clinic. Thank you!