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A Low-Fat Diet to Decrease Spread of Prostate Cancer

separator A new, small study has indicated that changing diet and lifestyle habits could play a role in the spread of early-stage prostate cancer. Participants in the study all had early-stage, non-aggressive prostate cancer that they had decided not to treat, which is an approach called “watchful waiting.” Half of the participants adopted a vegetarian diet, limited fat to only 10 percent of their total calories, got regular exercise and practiced stress management techniques, such as yoga. The other half didn’t make any dietary or lifestyle changes.

After one year, tests revealed that the men who had made the lifestyle changes had a 4 percent decrease in PSA—a marker for prostate cancer—in their blood. Those who hadn’t made changes experienced a 6 percent increase in PSA.

It’s important to point out that the study was small, so further research is necessary to prove conclusively that the changes the men made would be as effective in a larger population sample.

The Journal of Urology, September 2005.
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