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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

May 16th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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