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Protecting Your Prostate: What Every Man Should Know About Diet and Prostate Cancer


- Dr. James Meschino, DC, MS, ROHP

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Introduction

If you are hoping to live a long, highly functional life then knowing a few things about prostate health is an essential part of the game plan. I say that because prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men in the Canada, the United States and other developed countries. Even if you don’t develop prostate cancer, 50-60% of men have enlarged prostates by age 40-59 and 80% will have enlarged prostate problems if they live to be age 80. Having an enlarged prostate (known as BPH or benign prostatic hyperplasia) makes urinating very difficult because the enlarged gland presses against the urethra, blocking the flow of urine from the bladder through the urethra.

An important observation is that the high incidence of BPH, which occurs in Canada and other developed countries, involves many of the same biological steps that lead to prostate cancer. Some experts have suggested that the high incidence of BPH in Canada (and other developed countries) is the canary in the mine shaft, or the harbinger that should alert us to the fact that something we are doing wrong in our lifestyle behavours is causing the high incidence of BPH and prostate cancer. If you listen to the media, you would be inclined to think that prostate enlargement and prostate cancer are primarily determined by your genetic inheritance. However, key research studies conducted over the past 25 years suggest that 75-80% of prostate cancer cases are avoidable via more prudent dietary and lifestyle practices. The truth is that certain countries in the world have a prostate cancer incidence that is 80% lower than occurs in Canada. The research points to dietary and lifestyle factors as the key factors in this discrepancy.

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Protecting Your Prostate: What Every Man Should Know About Diet and Prostate Cancer

Dr. James Meschino, 

DC, MS, ROHP

So, What Diet and Lifestyle Factors Are Crucial To Prostate Health

The evidence to date suggests that avoiding prostate problems through
diet and lifestyle involves the following proactive initiatives:

  1. Eat less animal fat, except fish. The Health Professionals Follow-Up Study and other research indicate that regular consumption of beef, pork, egg yolks and high fat dairy products increases risk of prostate cancer. This may due to the fact that these foods can over stimulate the testosterone pathway. Testosterone and its related compound dihydrotestosterone (DHT) stimulate the spread of prostate cancer (making it more aggressive from a metastasis standpoint), and/or increase exposure to environmental pesticides and other carcinogens that are trapped in the fatty tissue of animals that we eat. In contrast, a Swedish study and other observational and experimental data suggest that the omega-3 fats from fish can help to reduce risk of prostate cancer. Thus, eating fish 2-3 times per week is considered to be a prudent strategy, as well as switching from red meat and pork to chicken and turkey breast, and using only 1% or non fat milk or yogurt and no cheese above 3% milk fat (and there aren’t many of those). Of course, ice cream, butter, cream, and whipped cream are considered highly undesirable in this regard (in case there was any doubt)
  2. Eat cruciferous vegetables daily. A number of studies have shown that men who eat cruciferous vegetables regularly (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, bok choy) have a lower incidence of prostate cancer. Experimental studies have supported this contention. An active ingredient in cruciferous vegetables can help the body detoxify cancer-causing agents and helps to prevent the build up of dangerous hormones that are associated with prostate cancer. A number of studies, including one the cancer journal Oncogen (2001) demonstrated the indole-3-carbinol can inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells and encourage them to commit suicide as well; an effect known as apoptosis or programmed cell death. So, make a point of choking back at least ½ cup of one cruciferous vegetable per day if you are typically a meat and potato kind of guy.
  3. Consume soy products a few times per week. Let me alert you to the fact that in countries in the world where prostate cancer incidence is 80% lower than in Canada, soy products are a main staple of the diet. Countless studies show that constituents of soy, especially soy isoflavones, block the formation and effects of hormones linked to prostate cancer, and induce programmed cell death of prostate cancer cells. More recently, soy isoflavone supplementation has shown benefit in slowing the rise of PSA in patients with existing prostate cancer, thereby, improving the management of their disease and reducing risk of metastasis (Hussain M, Banerjee M, Sarkar FH et al. Soy isoflavones in the treatment of prostate cancer. 2003. Nutr and Cancer, 42;2: 111- 117). So, have some roasted soy nuts, include tofu in a stir fry, eat a vegeburger (instead of a ham burger), or drink some soy milk, but get some soy isoflavones into your body 3-4 times per week. I personally aim for a soy product each day.
  4. Watch your alcohol intake. The Harvard Alumnin Study and other studies suggest that men who have more than 3 drinks per week, on average, during their mid-life years, have a significantly higher incidence of prostate cancer than men who drink less or completely abstain. Alcohol is a known carcinogen, and is linked to 3% of all cancer cases, in general. I highly recommend that you keep your intake below 3 drinks per week. This practice is also likely to reduce development of prostate enlargement, as alcohol increases the formation of certain hormones (prostaglandins) that cause prostate enlargement and swelling.
  5. Eat tomatoes, stay trim and exercise. Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that concentrates in the prostate gland and has shown prostate cancer protective effects in experimental studies and human correlation studies. Maintaining a waist line below 36 inches also seems to be good advice and men who are more aerobically fit, in some studies, have been shown to have lower prostate cancer incidence. So, eat tomatoes (especially cooked tomatoes), stay trim and get involved with endurance exercise. If you haven’t started exercising yet then consider getting started out doors this summer with roving (see details on the next page).
  6. Consider taking a prostate support supplement if you are 40 years or older. In both prostate enlargement and prostate cancer a hormone that is largely incriminated in these problems is dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Evidence suggests that as we age the enzyme (5-alpha- reductase), converts testosterone to DHT in the prostate gland, becomes more aggressive. This results in higher DHT levels within prostate cells after age 39. DHT promotes faster replication of prostate cells, which results in prostate enlargement (due to an increased number of prostate cells) and a greater risk of mutations occurring that lead to prostate cancer. DHT is so intimately associated with prostate cancer growth that medical therapies are primarily aimed at blocking the effects of DHT in cases where prostate cancer has spread beyond the prostate gland. (if the cancer is contained within the prostate gland then removal of the prostate or prostate destruction of some kind is usually the recommended treatment). The point of the story is that certain herbal agents are known to block the conversion of testosterone to DHT and to provide additional protective influences on the prostate. These herbs have shown good success in reversing mild to moderate BPH, but should also be considered useful on a more preventive basis once a man is 40 years of age or older, in my opinion. The natural ingredients in a prostate support formula should effective dosages and standardized grades of: saw palmetto; pygeum africanum; beta-sitosterol; soy extract; stinging nettle; and lycopene. Taking a supplement of this nature each day may help to prevent the dangerous build up of DHT in the prostate gland, provide additional antioxidant support and counter aging effects on the prostate gland. (I personally take the Adeeva Prostate 40 Plus supplement, which I formulated for Adeeva Nutritionals). 
  7. Drink 8 ounces of pure pomegranate juice each day, as studies have shown that it contains an ingredient that is so powerful it can even help treat existing cases of prostate cancer.

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Protecting Your Prostate: What Every Man Should Know About Diet and Prostate Cancer

Dr. James Meschino, 

DC, MS, ROHP

Get A Medical Assessment

Although prostate health has direct links to diet and lifestyle, this does not suggest that medical screening is not necessary. On the contrary, the combination of healthy lifestyle practices and early detection for prostate cancer go hand-in-hand in a prudent prostate prevention program. The key thing to know is that if you catch prostate cancer before it spreads beyond the prostate gland then it is virtually 100% treatable and non-life threatening. If you catch it after it spreads beyond the prostate gland then it’s a whole different kind of fight. Cancer cells confined to the prostate gland are not life-threatening in and of themselves. Prostate cancer is only going to end your life if you allow it to spread through the lymphatic and blood vessels to other tissue sites. So, the way that you catch it early is by seeing your doctor and requesting a PSA blood test (prostate specific antigen). This should be performed yearly after age 50, or during your 40’s if your biological father or a brother developed prostate cancer. A family history of this nature doubles your chances of developing prostate cancer, so you have to be more vigilant by starting PSA testing earlier in life.


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