Although prostate cancer is a somewhat complex disease, it seems that having good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle can possibly reduce the incidence of prostate cancer, slow its progression and help with some of the effects Secondary treatment.
We know that men in Western countries, such as North America, are more likely to have prostate cancer than men in East Asian countries such as China and Japan. And that Asian men established in North America for at least one generation are at the same risk as North Americans.
This may be because of the Western diet, which contains fewer fruits, vegetables and fish, and more meat, dairy products, sugar, fats and processed foods.
In fact, diet is one of the most important risk factors in prostate cancer.
Understanding the role of food
There are many ongoing studies that try to better understand the link between diet and prostate cancer.
Diet plays an important role in the onset and progression of prostate cancer even though the set of data addressed remains speculative and evolving. By adopting healthy diets, it is possible to achieve tangible results both to prevent prostate cancer and to slow progress.
We still do not know if one of the individual foods increases the risk of prostate cancer. But some studies suggest that some foods might increase your risk if you eat a lot of them.
Limit certain foods
Some studies have shown that eating or drinking a lot of dairy products, such as milk, yogurt or cheese, could increase your risk of prostate cancer.
In fact, the ingestion of calcium-rich milk products has been associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer in addition to lowering the level of vitamin D in the blood. It is the calcium and vitamin D deficiency that would increase the risk.
We need more research to know if eating less calcium or less milk products could help prevent prostate cancer. Until we know more about it, you may want to try to reduce these foods in your diet.
But you need calcium – about 800 mg per day – to keep your bones healthy. You can get 800 mg of calcium by having a glass 200 ml of milk, 30 g of cheese and a small yogurt.
Red or processed meat
Studies have shown that consumption of red or processed meat, such as sausages, hamburgers, bacon, deli meats and ham, may increase your risk of prostate cancer.
It is believed that a diet rich in animal fats could cause overproduction of pollutants (free radicals) in the organism, attacking tissues and cells of the organism, thus accelerating their ageing or even their destruction.
If you want to reduce the amount of red meat and processed in your diet, you can try to eat chicken, turkey or fish instead.
In addition, various other studies on the association between Diet and the risk of prostate cancer have shown that a high-fat diet (saturated or trans) can increase the risk of prostate cancer.
To learn more about the role of food supplements and choices in a prostate cancer prevention context, please see our section on nutrition and healthy weights.
Some people take supplements to try to reduce their risk of cancer, but studies suggest that some supplements may actually increase your cancer risk.
The best way to get all the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients your body needs is to eat a healthy and balanced diet, including lots of fruits and vegetables. If you are using supplements, do not take more than the recommended daily intake.
Maintain a healthy weight
The healthy weight is not the same for everyone; That’s why we invite you to consult your doctor to find out what your healthy weight is to you. Having a healthy weight does not mean being skinny as a dummy; On the other hand you may have surprises by learning how many “superfluous” kilos make you an obese person or simply being overweight, from a medical standpoint.
Some recent studies show that men who are overweight or obese are more likely to receive a diagnosis of prostate cancer that is advanced or has already spread (metastasis) to other parts of the body.
Studies show that maintaining a healthy weight reduces the personal risk of cancer.
Avoid exposure to pesticides
Prolonged exposure to pesticides should be avoided or reduced. Avoid using pesticides for cosmetic purposes. If you need to use pesticides, try to use less. Follow your province’s occupational health and safety requirements, such as avoiding pesticide-treated areas for a certain period of time.
Follow the instructions on the product label to learn how to use safe pesticides. Wear recommended protective equipment and clothing, such as gloves or a mask, when applying pesticides.
Follow safety standards whenever possible, do not expose yourself to cadmium. Follow all occupational health and safety requirements if you work in the smelting, battery-making or rubber industry.
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