Each year, there are around 174,000 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States. In fact, 11.6 percent of men are diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point during their lives. Though scientists have made great strides in understanding cancer, there is still a lot of work to be done. One of the things they continue to study is the things that can increase a person’s chances of developing cancer. These are called risk factors. In a recent study, researchers took a look at how diet might impact a man’s chance of developing prostate cancer.
Prostate Cancer and Diet
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic decided to do a review of existing studies that involved diet and prostate cancer. They used 47 studies that were published between 2006 and 2017. There were a total of more than 1 million participants involved in the collective studies. In reviewing the data, the researchers found that diet might, in fact, play a role in the prevention of prostate cancer. Some of the specifics of what they found are:
- Western countries have a higher rate of prostate cancer than Asian countries. One major difference in their diets is that people in Asia consume much less dairy.
- Decreased deaths due to common forms of cancer, including prostate cancer, could be because of a reduction of the amount of meat and dairy people eat and an increase in plant-based diets.
- Most of the studies the researchers reviewed showed eating less animal-based foods was associated with an increase in cancer risk.
- There did not seem to be a decrease in cancer risk in terms of whether a person ate red meat, white meat, processed meat, or fish.
Prostate Cancer Prevention Tips
While the study suggests that eating less animal-based foods, like dairy, meat, and poultry, may be one way to reduce prostate cancer risk, there are other steps your aging relative can take to decrease his risk, such as:
- Lose Weight: Obesity is associated with a higher risk of prostate cancer. Therefore, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight will lower the risk.
- Increase Activity: Exercise can not only lower the chances of prostate cancer, but also of many other diseases, including heart disease and diabetes.
- Have Risk Assessed: Talk to a doctor about the senior’s risk for prostate cancer. In some people who have a particularly high risk, there are medications that may help.
Home care can help your aging relative to reduce his risk for prostate cancer as well as other illnesses. A home care provider can cook healthy meals that include more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Home care providers can also help your older family member to be more active by driving him to the gym or an exercise class, taking walks with him, and involving him in tasks around the home that require movement.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE IS CONSIDERING HOME CARE IN CONCORD, CA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF WALNUT CREEK. (925) 203-3039.