Plant-Based Diet to Mitigate Prostate Cancer

Posted by Bob Vanourek @bobvan, Feb 7 11:24am

You may be familiar with the work of Dr. Michael Greger on the advantages of a plant-based diet? Here is a link to a recent blog he wrote on how a plant-based diet may slow or even reverse the growth of prostate cancer even in advanced cases:
https://nutritionfacts.org/2021/02/04/treating-advanced-prostate-cancer-with-diet/

The negative factors in diet that enable prostate cancer seem to be meat and dairy products.
This link is to a blog which also links to two videos showing significant positive results for a plant-based diet.
I am on such a diet and have found it to be very useful.

@bobvan Another source for Diet information in relationship to Prostate Cancer would be:
https://www.webmd.com/prostate-cancer/features/is-there-prostate-cancer-diet..
Yearly check-ups from a Urologist and the associated PSA Blood test after the age of 50 is still our best method of detection and control.

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@bobvan and @ken82, eating well is overall good for our health. Following a healthy diet after a cancer diagnosis also puts some of the control back into our hands. Recently, I've been reading more about intermittent fasting and cancer.
– Fasting and Cancer https://www.healthline.com/health/fasting-and-cancer

I'm rarely hungry in the morning, so doing 13-16 hour fast is easy for me. I wasn't intentionally fasting, but it is getting a lot of talk and research lately. Have any of you heard about intermittent fasting and cancer.

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@colleenyoung

@bobvan and @ken82, eating well is overall good for our health. Following a healthy diet after a cancer diagnosis also puts some of the control back into our hands. Recently, I've been reading more about intermittent fasting and cancer.
– Fasting and Cancer https://www.healthline.com/health/fasting-and-cancer

I'm rarely hungry in the morning, so doing 13-16 hour fast is easy for me. I wasn't intentionally fasting, but it is getting a lot of talk and research lately. Have any of you heard about intermittent fasting and cancer.

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I don't know of any controlled studies showing how intermittent fasting (IF) might help mitigate chronic illness such as cancer. IF is getting a lot of press recently and does seem to contribute to weight loss in the majority of cases, especially if one does not engage in binge eating after their fast. Dr. Greger's book "How Not to Diet" has sections on fasting and IF. If IF works for you without adverse health effects, and if your doctor concurs you are not harming yourself, then it seems like a good idea in my opinion.

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@colleenyoung Since I have gastroparesis and then prostate Cancer… diet is a critical issue.. When my gastroparesis arrived in 2015 courtesy of a botched surgery for GERD… they did a Nissen on me and I lost 50 pounds.. (I am 5'10 Male..) I was down to 150#… I can only eat small amounts.. and it all has to count.. for energy and even gaining some weight.. My Prostate Cancer arrived in 2019… and that 20 session Radiation wore me down too.. causing some bowel and urinary problems.. So All these conditions in old age interact.. and we have to gain strength and weight to be ready for the next problem to occurr.. Being heavy or fat is Not my problem where fasting would be helpful.. Ken

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@colleenyoung

@bobvan and @ken82, eating well is overall good for our health. Following a healthy diet after a cancer diagnosis also puts some of the control back into our hands. Recently, I've been reading more about intermittent fasting and cancer.
– Fasting and Cancer https://www.healthline.com/health/fasting-and-cancer

I'm rarely hungry in the morning, so doing 13-16 hour fast is easy for me. I wasn't intentionally fasting, but it is getting a lot of talk and research lately. Have any of you heard about intermittent fasting and cancer.

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The book Lifespan: Why We Age-and Why We Don't Have To, by David Sinclair, has a chapter dealing with intermittent fasting research. He explains what happens in your body that can lower risk of cancer and other disease. He also talks about impact of exercise and exposure to cold. The underlying theme is mild stress to the body that stimulates healthy response at the cellular level. If you don't want to read the whole book, you can start on page 89.

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Thanks @bobvan @ken82 @waynen. Like I said, I've only recently heard about intermittent fasting as it potentially might relate to cancer. I appreciate your thoughts and resources.

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