Prostate cancer: the Mediterranean diet to curb it

According to a recent American study, the Mediterranean diet could slow the progression of prostate cancer in men under “active surveillance”.

In France, around 50,000 new prostate cancers are diagnosed each year: this exclusively male pathology is responsible for around 9,000 deaths per year. It is the most common cancer in humans and in the general population.

When the prostate cancer is localized (that is to say: the disease only affects the prostate), the doctor can offer active surveillance: this consists of observing the evolution of the pathology without having recourse to a treatment or surgery.

Good news : According to a recent study from the University of Texas (in the United States), adopting a Mediterranean diet would prevent the progression of prostate cancer in men under active surveillance.

Prostate cancer: the Cretan diet to prevent the progression of the disease

The Mediterranean diet (or “Cretan diet”), we no longer present it: numerous scientific studies have shown its interest in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases (it fights against “bad” cholesterol and against arteriosclerosis), diabetes (it combats insulin resistance), mood disorders (it improves depressive symptoms) or even certain cancers (breast cancer, for example).

To reach this conclusion, the researchers worked with a group of 410 men (aged 64 on average) with localized prostate cancer under “active surveillance”. They found that men who ate a Mediterranean diet daily had a lower risk of their prostate cancer progressing. To test !

Mediterranean diet: what do we eat? As a reminder, the Mediterranean diet favors the consumption of seasonal fruits and vegetables, legumes, olive oil and fatty fish. Cold cuts, red meat and sugar are, on the other hand, limited.

Source : Cancer

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