It’s been hard to find the best information to write about prostate cancer. Someone dear to us has just gotten really bad news about his condition, so it’s really personal. There’s a lot of hype about the disease, but it’s really no mystery as to why men get that – or any cancer.
Don’t read this if you’re one of the people who yawn at the thought of preserving good health.
Experts agree that a diagnosis of prostate cancer, will lead in one of two directions …
“Some will react to this diagnosis with a sense of resignation and fatalism. This view can lead to helplessness – Fatalists wait for the other shoe of cancer recurrence or progression to drop.”
The patient actually drives the care and treatment as much as any doctor or nurse. It’s the “thrivers” who will ACT who will benefit. Some people think they’re “thrivers,” but they read the information and don’t do anything to make changes to prevent:
- age-related diseases
- heart disease
- prostate growth and cancer
- other cancers
Information to know if you want to be a THRIVER, with a diagnosis, or to prevent disease:
- Inflammation and oxidation are two natural processes that are strong contributors to the development and progression of prostate cancer.
- Oxidation drives cancer development, think of the browning of an apple when it’s peeled. The peel protects the apple like an antioxidant protects the cell.
- Free radicals (bad guys) roam around starting the oxidation, the “process of breaking down normal cellular structures, causing damage and promoting the development of cancer. The more free radicals present, the more cancer-causing damage occurs.”
- Antioxidants are the good guys. (Anti, as in bad for the “oxidant” which is rusting your cells.)
- Inflammation starts a chain of events that, if unchecked, can promote the development of cancer by damaging normal DNA, causing errors that allow cancer growth. Investigators have noted inflammatory cells in almost all prostate cancer tissue that is removed surgically.
What can you do?
- Decrease processed foods because they rely on sugar, salt, and fat for flavor and don’t have the colorful fruits, vegetables, whole grains and spices.
- Eat ocean-caught fish
- Eat tomatoes and tomato-based products such as soups, pasta and juices at least three times a week – it can increase levels of the antioxidant lycopene to protect the prostate gland (kills free radicals) and protect other types of cancers. Heat tomatoes for best lycopene.
- Drink beverages like pomegranate juice and green and black tea for their antioxidant (free radical killing) polyphenols.
- Eat cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, wasabi mustard, and horseradish that may induce protective proteins in your liver and tissues. Studies have shown that the natural compounds in cruciferous egetables may help prevent colorectal cancer.
- Eat from the onion family one serving a day (includes garlic, leeks, scallions and shallots) which will deliver multiple compounds shown to have anti-cancer qualities.
- Vitamins, minerals, extracts of fruits and vegetables, herbs, and spices (esp tumeric) can all act against both oxidation and inflammation.
- Do regular exercise – the authors say that it’s one of the best natural antioxidants. “Regular exercise causes many changes in your body that help reduce circulating levels of reactive oxygen inflammation.” Whether walking, running, cycling, swimming … the result is that the body’s natural levels of antioxidants increases and eliminates inflammation that drives the cancer.
- Avoid charred and high-heat cooked red meat and chicken; carcinogens from the charred meat can trigger chronic (longer-term) inflammation in the prostate.
- Reduce sugars, particularly white because it is an energy source for cancer and is linked to an increase risk of diabetes, heart disease and – prostate cancer. “Research is beginning to suggest that the more simple sugars you eat, the higher your insulin levels, and the more likely it is that your prostate cancer will grow.”
- Lose body fat: “Even modest changes in body fat composition through changes in diet choices and regular exercise can be beneficial – a 5% weight loss has been shown to decrease markers of inflammation by 30% in obese diabetic patients and to reduce insulin levels by 20% in non-diabetic people. Eat fewer calories per day than you burn. It is especially important to get rid of belly fat.
- Increase muscle mass to prevent weakened bones and help blood sugar control. Increase protein intake and exercise. Measures to do this should reduce the belly fat! “Hormones produced by belly fat lead to an overproduction of insulin and insulin-like growth factor, both of which are potent stimulants for prostate cancer growth.”
- Cut carbohydrates in an effort to lose fat and weight and slow tumor growth.
- Stay away from chemicals that directly or indirectly cause or lead to more aggressive forms of cancer. The Prostate Cancer Foundation mentions that there is a nearly twofold risk of developing prostate cancer in men exposed to Agent Orange. The same chlorophenols are in weed killers with 2,4-D. These chlorophenols are also implicated in failed pregnancies, and dogs run a higher risk of the canine version of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer (kids play on the ground also).
The Prostate Cancer Foundation adds:
16. Smoking is a risk factor for aggressive prostate cancer.
17. Lack of vegetables in the diet (especially broccoli-family vegetables) is linked to a higher risk of aggressive prostate cancer, but not to low-risk prostate cancer.
18. Don’t take over 1,500 mg of calcium a day.
19. Soy (8-10 grams a day according to Dr. John Farquhar from Stanford) from tofu, soy milk, or edamame.
20. Avoid over-supplementing with single vitamins, which causes deficiencies in other vitamins. Don’t get too much folate.
21. Lower meat consumption (and high diet in fresh vegetables and fruits- not juice, which lacks fiber) has been shown in studies to lead to a lower incidence of cancer, especially of colorectal cancer.
22. Take Omega-3 fatty acids three times a week from fish or capsules containing 1 gram of fish-oil fatty acids. Flax, soy, and canola are also sources of omega-3 fatty acids, but the body does better if the fish oil sources are included.
23. Take Vitamin D from time in the sun or in two capsules a day of 1000 IU.
25. “A retrospective study found blood thinners associated with 50 percent cut in death rate,” and aspirin seems to have had the greatest benefit – caution for possible stomach bleeding must be taken into account. The benefit was with cancers that had not spread from the gland.
This information applies to men AND women, young AND old, diagnosed or not with cancer, diabetes, and heart disease – the leading killers. Please be proactive!
- Go to Nutrition, Exercise and Prostate Cancer, the main source for the above information: great, clearly presented information.
- Go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation for more information on Prostate Cancer Risk Factors, Prevention, Prostate Cancer Symptoms, Early Detection & Screening, and About the Prostate.
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Color Group Examples of good foods Antioxidant
Red Tomatoes, pink grapefuits, watermelon Lycopene
Red/purple Pomegranates, grapes, plums, berries Anthocyanins
Orange Carrots, mangoes, apricots, cantaloupes, pumpkin, sweet potatoes Alpha and beta carotenes
Orange/Yellow Oranges, peaches, papaya, nectarines Beta-cryptoxanthin
Yellow/green Spinach, collard, yellow corn, green peas, avocado, honeydew melon Lutein and zeaxanthin
Green Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, bok choy, kale Sulforaphane, isothiocyanates, indoles
White/green Garlic, onions, asparagus, leeks shallots, chives Allyl sulfides