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Slow Prostate Cancer by Stress Reduction and Diet

Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer among American men, ranking only behind skin cancer. A recent study found that diet changes, reinforced by stress management training, appeared to be effective in slowing or halting the spread of this deadly cancer.

Statistics say that one out of six American men will develop prostate cancer and more than a third of them will experience a recurrence after undergoing treatment, putting them at high risk to die of the disease.

The study, by Dr. Gordon A. Saxe and colleagues at the Moores Cancer Center and School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, will be published in the September issue of Integrative Cancer Therapies.

The research focused on the change in the levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), an indicator of the cancer, in response to a plant-based diet and stress reduction. Patients were taught to increase consumption of plant-based foods such as whole grains, cruciferous and leafy green vegetables, beans and legumes, and fruit, and to decrease the intake of meat, dairy products, and refined carbohydrates. They were also provided with stress management training, which incorporated meditation, yoga and Tai Chi exercises.

The plant-based diet and stress reduction were effective in significantly reducing the PSA rate, indicating a reduction in the rate of progression of the prostate cancer.

“The magnitude of effect of these findings is the strongest observed to date among dietary and nutritional interventions in this patient population,” states Dr. Saxe, assistant professor of Family and Preventive Medicine. “These results provide preliminary evidence that adoption of a plant-based diet, in combination with stress reduction, may attenuate disease progression and have therapeutic potential for management of recurrent prostate cancer.”

Source: Sage Publications

Slow Prostate Cancer by Stress Reduction and Diet

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Slow Prostate Cancer by Stress Reduction and Diet. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 21, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2006/08/18/slow-prostate-cancer-by-stress-reduction-and-diet/198.html

 

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