WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Next to lung and colon cancer, prostate cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death among men in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- The good news is that 90 percent of prostate cancer cases are diagnosed early and the mortality rate is low.
- Recent studies reveal that diets rich in fish and fruits, but not in juice form, help prevent the development of prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer can be prevented by modifying a man’s diet according to Spanish researchers who observed the dietary habits of men. The research aimed to determine whether the most aggressive forms of prostate cancer could be prevented.
The researchers discovered that men who adhered to a Mediterranean diet lowered their risk of the most aggressive form of prostate cancer compared to those who followed mostly Western or Prudent diet.
A Western diet is laden with fats, sugar, salt, dairy, and cholesterol. The Prudent diet, on the other hand, is a low-fat plan that promotes reduced-fat dairy, lean meat, fruits, vegetables, and juice.
A Mediterranean diet is heavy on fish, nuts, olive oil, fruits, vegetables, and legumes. It has long been promoted by doctors as the best diet for heart health. Backed with studies, this diet lowers the risk of heart disease. Recently, researchers revealed that this diet plan could protect against prostate cancer, too.
Data collected were from male Spanish participants and were taken between 2008 and 2013. The participants were between ages 38 and 85, with a mean age of 66. Among the participants, 750 had prostate cancer while 1,277 did not.
Using the Gleason score, the Western and Prudent eating patterns did not appear to have any correlation on aggressive prostate cancer risk.
Adela Castelló of the National Centre of Epidemiology, Health Institute Carlos III and a co-author of the study said that this research shows that a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables cannot possibly ward off prostate cancer.
“Our results show that a diet oriented towards the prevention of aggressive tumors in the prostate should probably include important elements of the Mediterranean diet such as fish, legumes, and olive oil, and suggest that a high intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains might not be enough,” Castelló said.
Another study from the University of Texas at Austin in January 2017 showed that several natural compounds could possibly prevent the cancer cells from forming.
Researchers discovered that ursolic acid, found in apple peels and rosemary; curcumin, present in turmeric; and resveratrol, which is in berries and grapes appeared to prevent growth.
Men may want to load up on fish and fruits, as long as it’s not in the form of juice, to ward off prostate cancer.