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Nutrition, physical activity, and lifestyle factors in prostate cancer prevention.

To review current evidence for prostate cancer prevention with nutrition, physical activity, and lifestyle interventions and identify future research directions.

Multiple preclinical and observational studies have observed that diet, exercise, and lifestyle interventions may play a role in mitigating disease progression, mortality, and overall disease burden for high-grade and fatal prostate cancer. Increased vegetable and fruit intakes, decreased red meat and saturated fat intakes, and increased exercise are potentially associated with decreased risk of incident disease and increased progression-free, prostate cancer-specific, and overall survival. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have demonstrated that selenium and vitamin C supplements are ineffective in preventing incident prostate cancer and that vitamin E supplements potentially increase incident prostate cancer risk. A large RCT of a high vegetable diet intervention among prostate cancer patients on active surveillance, the Men's Eating and Living study, will soon complete analysis. An RCT for an exercise intervention among men with metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer is currently accruing.

Although preclinical and observational studies have identified potential benefits for high vegetable, low fat, low meat diets, and increased exercise, Level I evidence is limited. To inform clinical care, future research should focus on RCTs evaluating clinical effectiveness.

Current opinion in urology. 2017 Oct 18 [Epub ahead of print]

Eric Ballon-Landa, John Kellogg Parsons

Department of Urology, University of California, San Diego, California, USA.




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I believe that better nutrition and more exercise are associated with the reduction in all kinds of health-related problems apart from prostate cancer.  So, I don't think that this study tells us much.

I do know that after losing 38# and reducing my BF down to 10% over the past 18 months that I am healthier than I have ever been before.  My blood pressure dropped from pre-hypertensive at typically 130/90 down to normal levels at 110/70 and I recently had the best cholesterol test results in my life -- all indicators at or below recommended levels. 

This has certainly reduced my risk for heart disease and other coronary problems (which are common in my family) but will it reduce my risk of acquiring other cancers or prevent my PCa from recurring?

No one really knows but I can only hope that my improved diet and fitness will at least reduce the risks of that happening.



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Let's see....where's the thumbs up button! Congrats SSW on the excellent efforts and results!!

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This passes the common sense check.  There is clear evidence of the bad that occurs with the modern western diet, diabetes, heart disease, etc.  I also believe that the better shape we are int he better we will deal with the PC intervention whether surgery or radiation. Denis

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Congratulations on your accomplishment, and life style change. 

This will certainly reduce your chances of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, progression of aggressive PCa and other cancers,  etc, etc. 

In fact even we who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer are more likely to die from heart disease, which is epidemic, than from prostate cancer. Furthermore, those with prostate cancer (who are more health conscious than the rest of the population) are less likely to die from heart disease than the rest of the population.




J Doe
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In our research and experience on this journey, the truth is ANYTHING you do to support your health and immune system will help your fight against cancer progression.  Your body does actively seek to destroy the cells on its own, however, the cancer cells fight back by masking themselves or creating inflammation.  Supporting your immune system with reasonable supplements and diet changes that reduce inflammation makes a big difference.  Consider eliminating refined sugars and starches, even reducing or eliminating gluten just in case there is any sensitivity to it that causes inflammation.  My guy is the picture of health and an avid skier, and has had no cancer progression (despite becoming resistant to the hormone therapy recently) at a little over 2 years since his Stage IV (bone metastases) diagnosis.

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