DIETARY CAUSES OF PROSTATE CANCER

If a man lives long enough, he can expect to develop prostate cancer, and a major risk for this disease may come from his diet.

A man increases his risk for prostate cancer by eating too much food, fat, and saturated fat, and not enough phytoestrogens, vitamins D and E and selenium. Phytoestrogens are plant hormones that are similar to estrogen, and are found in most nuts, beans, whole grains and other seeds. Vitamin D usually comes from exposure to sunlight, and lack of vitamin D impairs a person's ability to kill germs and destroy cancer cells.

Vitamin E and selenium are antioxidants that are usually removed when grains are ground into flour, so a diet with lots of bakery products and pasta may leave a man deficient in these nutrients. You should eat whole grains, beans and seeds to get enough vitamin E and selenium.

Although many men suffer from prostate infections, no good data show that having a prostate infection increases a man's risk for prostate cancer.

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2) Nutrition and prostate cancer. Urologia Internationalis, 2001, Vol 67, Iss 1, pp 1-11.

Checked 8/9/05

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