There was a study conducted by scientists in Spain to see how different types of diets could affect a man’s risk of getting prostate cancer.
They looked at the diets of 15,296 men who were recruited between 1992 and 1996.
These men were followed up for about 17 years to see if they developed prostate cancer. Out of these men, 609 were found to have prostate cancer.
The scientists categorized the men’s diets into three groups: Western, Prudent, and Mediterranean.
The Western diet consisted of a lot of high-fat dairy products, processed meat, refined grains, sweets, caloric drinks, convenience food, and sauces.
They also ate very few low-fat dairy products and whole grains. The Prudent diet, on the other hand, was full of low-fat dairy products, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and juices.
The Mediterranean diet was heavy on fish, vegetables, legumes, boiled potatoes, fruits, olives, and vegetable oil. They also had very little juice.
The study found that following a Prudent or Mediterranean diet did not have any effect on a man’s risk of getting prostate cancer.
However, following a Western diet was found to increase the risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer.
Aggressive tumors are tumors that grow quickly and are more likely to spread to other parts of the body. This means that following an unhealthy diet could be bad for a man’s health.
Lead author of the study, Adela Castelló-Pastor, Ph.D., said that “avoiding unhealthy dietary habits could be the best nutritional strategy to prevent aggressive prostate cancer.”
Co-senior author Marina Pollán, Ph.D., also added that switching to a Mediterranean-style diet could lower the risk of getting other chronic diseases.
The study shows that it is important to eat healthily and avoid unhealthy foods to stay healthy and prevent diseases like cancer.
How to prevent prostate cancer
There is no guaranteed way to prevent prostate cancer, but there are several steps that men can take to reduce their risk of developing the disease:
Maintain a healthy diet: As mentioned in the previous story, following a healthy diet, such as the Mediterranean diet, can help reduce the risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer.
It is recommended to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins while limiting red and processed meats, high-fat dairy products, and sugary foods and drinks.
Exercise regularly: Regular physical activity can help maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week.
Maintain a healthy weight: Obesity is linked to an increased risk of developing prostate cancer. Maintaining a healthy weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise can help reduce the risk.
Don’t smoke: Smoking is linked to an increased risk of developing several types of cancer, including prostate cancer. Quitting smoking can help reduce the risk.
Get screened: Men over the age of 50 (or younger if they have a family history of prostate cancer) should talk to their doctor about getting screened for prostate cancer. Screening typically involves a blood test and a digital rectal exam.
Consider genetic testing: Men who have a family history of prostate cancer or who have a genetic mutation associated with the disease may benefit from genetic testing and counseling to determine their risk and develop a plan for prevention and early detection.
By following these steps, men can help reduce their risk of developing prostate cancer and maintain their overall health and well-being.
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The study was published in BJU International.
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