May 18, 2024


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This Diet Can Lower Your Prostate Cancer Risk, Study Says

Men with a stricter Mediterranean diet saw a lower risk of prostate cancer progression, a new study from the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center says. And following that same way of eating has scientifically proven to help other ailments, too. (Related: 108 Most Popular Sodas Ranked By How Toxic They Are.)

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The study followed 410 men with prostate cancer. Based on a food frequency questionnaire and nine energy-adjusted food groups, scientists assigned each of them a high, medium, or low Mediterranean diet score to follow. The ones who ate more fruits, vegetables, grains, fish, olive oil, nuts, legumes, beans, and seeds saw a lower risk of their cancer advancing.

Of the men who participated in the study, 8.1% self-identified as Black. Among these participants, the ones who followed a high Mediterranean diet grade saw the largest decreased prostate cancer progression risk. The authors of the study say this is significant because Black men have a 50% higher chance of being diagnosed with this type of cancer.

“Men with prostate cancer are motivated to find a way to impact the advancement of their disease and improve their quality of life,” says assistant professor of Urology at the university and lead author of the study Justin Gregg, M.D. “A Mediterranean diet is non-invasive, good for overall health and, as shown by this study, has the potential to effect the progression of their cancer.”

Want to start eating more plant-based but don’t know where to start? Here are the 9 Things to Know Before Starting the Mediterranean Diet. And check out our Plant-Based Diet Guide: Explore the Benefits, Nutrition, and Food List You Need to Know.

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