Could the Mediterranean Hold the Key to Prostate Health?

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Prostate Cancer in Plano, TXBecause prostate cancer and benign enlarged prostate are two common concerns related to men’s health, research around these conditions is consistently ongoing. A recent study that concluded just a few years ago was certainly not the first to observe how diet may affect a man’s risk for prostate cancer. We do not expect it to be the last. Nonetheless, when research uncovers clues about how we can promote better health, findings are worth sharing.

Before a five-year study that observed nearly 800 men across seven provinces of Spain, research had been able to identify a link between certain components within various foods and prostate cancer risk. For example, some studies have suggested that high amounts of calcium could be detrimental to the health of a man with prostate cancer; some have demonstrated positive effects of food components like lycopene in the fight against prostate cancer. The Spanish study, which concluded in 2013, focused primarily on the effects of adherence to a particular diet, the Mediterranean diet, on a man’s prostate cancer risk. The standard Western way of eating was the comparison to the Mediterranean dietary pattern.

The association between diet and the aggressiveness of prostate cancer is significant, and this study indicates value in the consumption of the various foods that are considered staples of the Mediterranean dietary pattern. This is important data because the Spanish study did not focus on any particular component, but on a diet as a whole, understanding the synergistic effect of foods eaten together.

Vital components of the Mediterranean diet include olive oil (usually uncooked), legumes, fish, and abundant amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables. This is a sharp contrast to the standard Western diet, which normally includes red meat, processed and refined ingredients, and saturated fats while limiting or completely excluding seafood, whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Research does not indicate that a healthy way of eating can take the place of appropriate treatment for enlarged prostate or prostate cancer. What it does suggest is that lifestyle can complement medical treatment for optimal prostate health.

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