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The do's and don'ts of the prostate cancer diet

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Nov 22, 2016
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  • The prostate is a male reproductive gland
  • It is important to bring about a change in lifestyle
  • A dietary change should always be with doctor’s advice

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Prostate cancer is a type of cancer which only affects men. The cancer grows in the prostate, which is basically the male reproductive gland. The disease is known to progress in a slow rate, and therefore there is a chance that it goes unnoticed at times. In fact, studies suggest that as high as 80 percent of men who died in their 80s, had prostate cancer. It obviously went undetected due to its slow progression.

 

First of all it is very important to identify the disease, and thereafter, one can go about a plan of action to heal and control the disease. It is rather important to know the stage of cancer, so that the doctor can take you to the right treatment track. Once the disease has been detected, it is vital to change your lifestyle, and this includes a change in diet. Here are the dos and don’ts of prostate cancer diet.


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Don’t take in excess of calories

Here is an important one, and it is in fact a simple rule to follow. Excess calorie intake can be bad for the cancer growth. This means that you would have to give up all kinds of junk foods. Over eating must also be curbed. Only eat the required amount of foods, and remember to keep it healthy.


Do increase the variety of food

The reason for increasing the variety of food is that different foods have different nutritional value. Therefore, consult your doctor and get a complete diet plan that would include green vegetables, fruits, certain types of meat, and so on.  Eating the right amount of the right foods is very important.


Don’t take in fatty acids

Fatty acids are known to promote cancer cells, and therefore it is best to avoid foods that are loaded with them. These include margarine, potato chips, and baked foods. At the same time, one must also be able to reduce fat intake. Reducing animal fat intake perhaps one the best things you could do to your body during such times.


Do increase fruits and vegetable intake

It is a known fact that colourful fruits and vegetables are the best source of nutrition. In fact certain studies have claimed them to have anti-cancer properties. This means that you must increase your intake of fruits and vegetables, and take always buy them fresh. But before making any sort of major dietary changes, it is important to consult your doctor for the best advice.


Don’t intake flax seed oil

Studies have found that the intake of flax seed oil can have an adverse effect on prostate cancer. This means that it can stimulate the growth of prostate cancer cells, thereby, making you even more sick. If a patient needs to take in omega-3 fatty acids, which are healthy, then he or she should do so through fresh fish, and nuts.


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