• Can a special diet reduce the risk of prostate cancer?

    Asked by mgm48 on Wednesday, January 9, 2013

    Can a special diet reduce the risk of prostate cancer?

    I've read some info that doesn't seem to be from any actual medical study but suggests that certain foods can help reduce the risk. While it's too late for me, my grand children might benefit if there is anything definitive out there.

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    • Harry's Avatar

      I don't believe that there is a measurable difference based on diet. As you note, the claims tend not to involve clinical studies. Instead they rely on anecdotal evidence. ("I've been taking vitamins for years and I don't have cancer") On the other hand, a good diet can't hurt.

      over 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      A "special" diet is typically one that focuses on the inclusion or exclusion of certain foods and is almost always an unbalanced diet. While different individuals may do slightly better with a little more of this or a little less of that, a diet that balances the macro and micro nutrients we all need is the universally recommend diet whether you are healthy or have cancer or diabetes or heart disease or anything else that may ail you.

      over 5 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      I seriously doubt it. A good, balanced diet is best for all health concerns--a special diet is something only a Dr. should prescribe and then it would be specific to each individual. Keeping your weight down (but not too far down), exorcizing, avoiding chemicals, no smoking, regular physicals with your Dr., everything in moderation, etc. all make for a better chance of a good, healthy life.

      over 5 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Mgm48, what an interesting question, and one worth investigating. While I am not sure which foods are beneficial in reducing the risk of prostate cancer, one food source that can increase the risk is dairy products, specifically milk. In the U.S., dairy farmers give their cows somatotropin or rBGH (recominant Bovine Growth Hormone) to increase milk quantities. As prostate cancer is usually hormone driven, there is a causal link between this product and prostate cancer. It is best to purchase organic dairy products or at least check out your brand of dairy with the FDA to make sure it is safe for you. This practice is widely used and because of the trade secret laws, are not directed to disclose this info by the milk producers. Look at Yoplait, a perfect example of a product that raises money for breast cancer by asking the public to mail in their yogurt lids. They started that campaign in 2008 and yet their yogurt contained rBGH which is known to cause breast cancer. They changed that practice when they were exposed but surely there are others who have yet disclosed. Always take the time to research your food with the FDA if you are not sure. Best of luck in seeking your answer, Carm.

      over 5 years ago
    • StanInVA's Avatar

      The only general information I have seen on this endorses a healthy diet of a lot of fruits and vegetables and lower in fat. As far a specific foods go, I have read about a study done that says that individuals that had a recurrence of prostate cancer and drank pomegranate juice had significantly longer PSA doubling times compared to those that did not. The information I read had nothing in it to link this with prevention.

      over 5 years ago
    • tomget's Avatar

      I guess I don't think so, but I'm not positive. I was a vegetarian for most of the last 30 years and almost never ate any meat products whatsoever--and often people worry about the meat being a problem. I ate some dairy but not much and mostly lived on carbos like cereal/grain and such with lots of fresh fruit..and "some" vegies..but not as much vegies as I probably should have. Since my blood sugar levels have long flirted towards the diabetic my doctor asked me to start eating some lean meats for more protein and less carbs. He supposed this would help with high blood sugar and I haven't had any recent tests to verify that but I'm hoping he's right. I'm not a big fan of meat...not a moralistic thing or animal rights or health etc..just never much liked it. But now I eat some meat/more vegies/lots of fresh fruit---just because its what I enjoy the most to eat/and some dairy. But i do have concerns over the dairy and meats regarding growth hormones used in those products and such..I don't "know" if it is an issue..but it doesn't look good..plus those industries/animals contribute significantly to global warming...Yes they do. I know its funny but look it up.

      over 5 years ago
    • Ross' Avatar

      mgm48: A search on the internet such as "prostate cancer diet" will yield many web sites with dietary recommendations. I'm sure that there is no diet known that makes any guarantees. However, following some of the best now-known advise would seem to be prudent.

      over 5 years ago
    • Marty's Avatar

      mgm48: When I was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer a year and a half ago I decided that I personally wanted to do whatever I could to slow down the cancer. My oncologist suggested green tea, pomegranate juice and a mediterranean diet. After reading more I added fish oil, tomatoe juice and decided to eat a vegan diet. I eat fish (salmon mostly) and occasionally eat other foods if the social situation demands it. My wife made the vegan switch with me. I won't say I know it will make a difference, but I want to try. I try to stick with sources like: Mayo Clinic, prostate cancer foundation, etc. If this diet, exercise, positive attitude, etc. give me a few more months it has been worth it.

      over 5 years ago
    • hms03049's Avatar

      For prostate cancer I read there is anecdotal evidence suggesting that pomegranate and wheat germ may help slow prostate cancer down. Also the 27% that survive high grade prostate cancer tend to consume mostly grains and nuts and be under weight per the John Hopkins web site. My medical team said there is no evidence that it helps.

      BUT as I start radiation I mentioned my fruit, grain, pomegranate diet and they came out of their seats and said stop it. It would protect the cells from damage. Its the free radicals kill the cancer cells.

      I have to wonder if the radiation oncologist might already have something to share with the medical oncologists? it seems to be the other side of the same coin....

      Remember vitamin E was thought to be protective relative to prostate cancer, and a formal study proved it to be bad.

      over 3 years ago

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