Foods Risky for Prostate Cancer

September 28, 2011 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer News

Foods Risky for Prostate Cancer:

Do you know what foods are good for prostate cancer and the ones that are bad?

Many people don’t care about this, but it’s something to be cautious about.

What goes into our bodies have a lot to do with how well we are or not.

The below news article throws more light on foods that are risky for prostate cancer:’

 

Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men. Research suggests what you eat or choose not to eat may help in prevention.

Genetics account for only an estimated 5 to 10 percent of prostate cancer risk, according to the American Cancer Society. Age increases risk, and ethnic background also plays a role. Men with a first-degree relative diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65 and African-American men are at double the risk, and perhaps this sub population should be extra vigilant with their diets.

The dietary factors linked with increased risk of prostate cancer are red meat, dietary fat, saturated fat, dairy products and too much calcium. Factors that lower risk appear to be plant foods high in carotenoids, lycopenes and antioxidants like soy, fiber and fruit.

Men who consumed red meat (beef, pork or lamb) at least five times per week had more than double the risk than those who had it less than once per week in Harvard’s Physician’s Health study of almost 15,000 men. Other studies find daily meat consumption to triple risk.

Nitrate-preserved cold cuts and charbroiled beef also appear detrimental because they contain chemical compounds that affect DNA and cancer progression. Consider substituting turkey or veggie burgers for beef burgers; chicken or turkey sausage for pork sausage; hummus or tuna for cold cuts in sandwiches; and vegetarian soy crumbles (found in the freezer section) for ground beef in chili or meat sauce recipes. And try choosing red meat once a week or less.

This one change can help in other ways. For example, it will likely lower total and saturated fat, which promotes production of sex hormones that affect the prostate, and may create room on the plate for factors that offer protection like fruits, vegetables, soy and fiber.a

Excess milk, dairy products and calcium could be detrimental, too. Studies find milk in excess of two glasses per day, high-fat dairy products like cheese and ice cream and taking a calcium supplement raises the risk of prostate cancer.

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So, what do you think? Do you agree that that such foods are risky for prostate cancer?

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