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Plant-based diets could reduce the chances of disease progression in men with prostate cancer

New research from UC San Francisco suggests that men with prostate cancer could reduce disease progression by adding more fruits, vegetables, nuts, and olive oil to their diets.

A study of over 2,000 men with localized prostate cancer found that those following a primarily plant-based diet had a 47% lower risk of cancer progression compared to those consuming more animal products.

Adding just one or two servings per day of healthy foods, such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, while reducing animal product intake like dairy and meat, showed significant benefits. The study tracked these men, averaging 65 years old, over time to assess dietary influences on cancer progression.

Plant-based diets, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, vegetable oils, tea, and coffee, were measured using a plant-based index, comparing top 20% scorers to the lowest 20%.

Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, plant-based diets offer promising benefits for prostate cancer patients, underscoring the importance of dietary choices for overall health.