Prostate cancer strikes one in six men. September, which is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, is the perfect opportunity for men to learn about how vegetarian foods can help them reduce their risk of developing and dying from this disease.
A recent scientific review of 76 published studies on prostate cancer, published in Nutrition Reviews, showed that men who increase consumption of vegetarian foods and avoid meat and dairy products can increase their chances of living longer after prostate cancer diagnosis. The typical American diet - high in fat and low in fiber - raises circulating testosterone, estradiol and insulin levels, which can fuel prostate cancer cell growth. In fact, men with the highest intake of saturated fat are three times more likely to die from prostate cancer than men with the lowest intake.
Regularly consuming lycopene-rich foods, such as tomatoes and watermelon, can dramatically cut prostate cancer risk. Cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli and kale, help rid the body of excess testosterone, and beans are an excellent, low-fat source of fiber. By choosing these and other vegetarian foods over meat and dairy products, men can give themselves a better chance at avoiding this disease.