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Can certain foods increase your risk for advanced prostate cancer?

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Can certain foods increase your risk for advanced prostate cancer?


Avoid these foods if you have a prostate. It’s a good idea even if you don’t have a prostate.

Can certain foods increase your risk for advanced prostate cancer?

According to this research, it can. The researchers examined total, unprocessed, and processed red meat, poultry, and eggs in relation to the risk of lethal prostate cancer (Richman EL, et al., 2011).



They started following 27,607 men without cancer from 1994 to 2008 who developed distant organ metastases (it spread to other parts of the body), and men who died from prostate cancer during the follow-up. This is what the researchers found.

Men who consumed 2.5 or more eggs per week had an 81% increased risk of lethal prostate cancer compared with men who consumed less than 0.5 an egg per week.



It was also found suggestive, but not statistically significant, positive associations between poultry 3.5 servings or more compared to 1.5 servings or less per week, and processed red meat 3 or more servings a week compared to 0.5 serving or less per week. The following study is also interesting.

The researchers examined whether dietary choline or choline-containing compounds increased the risk of lethal prostate cancer (Richman EL,, 2012). These men were followed for 22 years.



47,896 men were included in the study, and they found that the highest quintile choline intake was associated with an increased risk of lethal prostate cancer.

Where do we find high amounts of choline? You may have guessed it, especially in eggs.

We do need choline since the body doesn’t produce enough, but we can get adequate amounts from plant-based food.



Richman EL, Kenfield SA, Stampfer MJ, Giovannucci EL, Chan JM.Egg, red meat, and poultry intake and risk of lethal prostate cancer in the prostate-specific antigen-era: incidence and survival.Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2011 Dec;4(12):2110-21.

Richman EL, Kenfield SA, Stampfer MJ, Giovannucci EL, Zeisel SH, Willett WC, Chan JM.Choline intake and risk of lethal prostate cancer: incidence and survival.Am J Clin Nutr. 2012 Oct;96(4):855-63.

Prostate cancer: The most important foods to avoid.

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As men get older prostate cancer gets more and more common.

Here are some interesting facts.

After reviewing 13 independent studies, the researchers concluded that the consumption of milk and dairy products increases the risk of prostate cancer (Qin LQ, et al. 2007). Milk stimulated the growth of prostate cancer cells in cell cultures in 14 separate experiments (Tate PL, et al. 2011).

Why would dairy products stimulate prostate cancer?

The kinase mTORC1 which is a regulator of tissue growth and also regulates cell death is stimulated by dairy, and it is upregulated in nearly 100% of advanced prostate cancers (Melnik BC, et al. 2012). It is also another reason and that is hormones which naturally is found in milk.

A study including 47,896 men, the ones with the highest intake of choline, had a 70% increased risk of lethal prostate cancer (Richman EL, et al. 2012).

Where do we find choline?

The foods containing the highest amount of choline are meat, milk and eggs.


Learn to Eat:  Recommendations that work. This is not a regular diet program.


Melnik BC1, John SM, Carrera-Bastos P, Cordain L. The impact of cow’s milk-mediated mTORC1-signaling in the initiation and progression of prostate cancer. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2012 Aug 14;9(1):74. doi: 10.1186/1743-7075-9-74.
Qin LQ1, Xu JY, Wang PY, Tong J, Hoshi K. Milk consumption is a risk factor for prostate cancer in Western countries: evidence from cohort studies. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2007;16(3):467-76.
Richman EL1, Kenfield SA, Stampfer MJ, Giovannucci EL, Zeisel SH, Willett WC, Chan JM. Choline intake and risk of lethal prostate cancer: incidence and survival. Am J Clin Nutr. 2012 Oct;96(4):855-63. Epub 2012 Sep 5.
Tate PL1, Bibb R, Larcom LL. Milk stimulates growth of prostate cancer cells in culture. Nutr Cancer. 2011 Nov;63(8):1361-6. doi: 10.1080/01635581.2011.609306. Epub 2011 Nov 1.

Can exercise on it’s own affect prostate cancer?

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We know that exercise, incorporated with a plant based diet and stress management, has a beneficial effect on prostate cancer, but what about exercise on it’s own?

This has now been researched and here are the results.

Patients with recurrence following radical prostatectomy, or patients managed on active surveillance, were either put in a group doing home-based endurance training 3 times per week for 24 months, or a control group receiving usual care (Hvid T, et al. 2015). The participants in the exercise group showed significant improvements in triglycerides, adiponectin, IGF-1, IGFBP-1 and fasting glucose levels.

Adiponectin is a hormone involved in glucose regulation and fatty acid oxidation. IGF-1 is a growth factor and IGFBP-1 stands for IGF-1 binding protein which alters IGF-1 interaction with cell receptors. What is especially interesting is that PSADT (PSA doubling time) increased from 28 to 76 months during the first 6 months of exercise.

PSADT is a calculated number, and a higher value is associated with a reduced risk of disease progression.

None of these changes were taking place in the control group.

This is good news.

Exercise by itself makes a difference, but the smart thing to do is to also incorporate an effective dietary regime as well as stress reduction.


Hvid T1, Lindegaard B1, Winding K1, Iversen P2, Brasso K2, Solomon TP1,3, Pedersen BK1, Hojman P4. Effect of a 2-year home-based endurance training intervention on physiological function and PSA doubling time in prostate cancer patients. Cancer Causes Control. 2015 Nov 16. [Epub ahead of print]


Can you reverse the progression of prostate cancer with lifestyle changes?

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Yes you can, research has shown that it is possible.

The participants in this study were men who had chosen not to undergo any conventional treatment (Ornish D, et al. 2005). These men had a PSA of 4-10 ng/ml and cancer Gleason scores of less than 7.

One group was asked to eat a vegan diet, participate in a stress reduction program, and do light exercises. The control group underwent the usual care. The study lasted for 1 year.

The PSA decreased 4% in the experimental group while it increased 6% in the control group.

6 patients in the control group underwent conventional treatment due to increased PSA and/or a progression of disease as shown on MRI, but none of the patients in the experimental group did.

Implementation of diet and lifestyle changes makes even more sense as a preventative measure.


Ornish D1, Weidner G, Fair WR, Marlin R, Pettengill EB, Raisin CJ, Dunn-Emke S, Crutchfield L, Jacobs FN, Barnard RJ, Aronson WJ, McCormac P, McKnight DJ, Fein JD, Dnistrian AM, Weinstein J, Ngo TH, Mendell NR, Carroll PR. Intensive lifestyle changes may affect the progression of prostate cancer. J Urol. 2005 Sep;174(3):1065-9; discussion 1069-70.

Omega 3 fatty acid and prostate cancer

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If you have watched the news lately, you have probably heard about a study linking increased risk of prostate cancer with omega 3 fatty acids ( Brasky TM, et al. 2013). The media, looking for big headlines, presented this as a new truth about omega 3 fat. Supposedly, it was now dangerous to eat fish and take fish oil. If you have followed this, you have probably also seen a lot of objections to that conclusion, and authorities in this field have been pointing out flaws in the study.

This study is a good example of bad science. The conclusion that omega 3 fatty acids are causing prostate cancer can not be made. It was not a cause and effect study, showing that if you take omega 3 fatty acids you get prostate cancer.

These researchers did not account for important risk factors for prostate cancer. Without doing that, a lot of things can be found to cause prostate cancer. The study participants who developed prostate cancer could have started to take omega 3 fat after they had already been diagnosed with prostate cancer, yet there was no information related to that possibility.

The study did not consider any of the research showing that omega 3 fatty acids are beneficial if you have prostate cancer. Harvard University researchers have completed research on the effects of omega 3 fatty acids from fish on prostate cancer incidence and mortality which included 20167 men and 382144 person-years of follow ups (Chavarro JE, et al. 2008). They found that omega 3 fatty acids from fish was unrelated to prostate cancer incidence, but may improve prostate cancer survival. A Canadian study found no strong evidence for a protective association of fish consumption with prostate cancer, but it did show a significant 63 percent reduction in prostate cancer specific mortality.

How about women, breast cancer and omega 3 fatty acids?

As an example, one study concluded that DHA, one of the active ingredients in omega 3 fatty acids from fish, may slow the proliferation of tumor cells and minimize their metastatic potential (Blanckaert V,et al. 2010). There are also numerous studies showing benefits for the brain as well as the cardiovascular system. I don’t think all of this research can be wrong, so I prefer to keep taking my omega 3 fish oil.



Blanckaert V, Ulmann L, Mimouni V, Antol J, Brancquart L, Chénais B. Docosahexaenoic acid intake decreases proliferation, increases apoptosis and decreases the invasive potential of the human breast carcinoma cell line MDA-MB-231. Int J Oncol. 2010 Mar;36(3):737-42.
Szymanski KM, Wheeler DC, Mucci LA. Fish consumption and prostate cancer risk: a review and meta-analysis. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Nov;92(5):1223-33. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.2010.29530. Epub 2010 Sep 15.
Brasky TM, Darke AK, Song X, Tangen CM, Goodman PJ, Thompson IM, Meyskens FL Jr, Goodman GE, Minasian LM, Parnes HL, Klein EA, Kristal AR. Plasma Phospholipid Fatty Acids and Prostate Cancer Risk in the SELECT Trial. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2013 Jul 10. [Epub ahead of print]
Chavarro JE, Stampfer MJ, Hall MN, Sesso HD, Ma J. A 22-y prospective study of fish intake in relation to prostate cancer incidence and mortality. Am J Clin Nutr. 2008 Nov;88(5):1297-303.

Deep-fried food and the risk of prostate cancer

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The study referred here investigated if deep-fried food may increase the risk of prostate cancer (Stott-Miller M,,2013).

Other research suggests that high-heat cooking may increase the risk of prostate cancer possibly because of the formation of carcinogens.

The researchers found a positive association with prostate cancer risk for people that ate french fries, fried chicken, fried fish, and donuts one or more times per week. The association was even slightly stronger for more aggressive cancers.

Since it wasn’t clear if it was the high heat cooking or the frying that increased the risk, it’s better to just avoid both.