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How a Plant-Based Diet Can Support Prostate Health


More positive plant-based news – just in time for Father’s Day!  Research published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, suggests that men with prostate cancer who adopt a plant-based diet after their diagnosis may have a lower risk of their cancer progressing. The study followed just over 2,000 men with non-metastatic prostate cancer for an average of 6.5 years.  Researchers found that those who consumed the most plant-based foods had a 47% lower risk of cancer progression compared to those who consumed the least. Interestingly, the effect was particularly strong in men with more aggressive cancer (Gleason grade 7 or higher), where the risk was reduced by 55%. These findings suggest that plant-based diets could be a valuable component of post-diagnosis care for men with prostate cancer, supporting not just overall health but potentially improving disease outcomes.

If you or a loved one are navigating a prostate cancer diagnosis, these findings offer a hopeful perspective on the role of diet in managing the disease. Here’s how you can apply these insights:

·       Embrace Plant-Based Foods: Focus on incorporating a variety of whole, plant-based foods into your meals. This includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. These foods are rich in nutrients and antioxidants that can support overall health and well-being.

·       Prioritize Healthful Choices: While any plant-based diet can be beneficial, the study highlights the importance of a healthful plant-based diet. This means choosing minimally processed foods and avoiding excessive amounts of refined sugars and unhealthy fats.

·       Consult with Healthcare Providers: Discuss these dietary changes with your healthcare team. They can provide personalized advice and help you create a balanced diet plan that supports your specific health needs.

In the meantime, check out this blog to learn how to eat more fruits and vegetables today!


Published June 1, 2024

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