Researchers from Zhejiang, China recently looked at a large number of studies which have examined a total of 281,034 individuals.
“The most effective method of preventing prostate cancer is to make one simple dietary change … eat more legumes”
Researchers found that the most effective method of reducing the risk of prostate cancer was to eat more peas, beans and lentils.
A tiny 20 grams of beans, peas or similar legume per day, reduces prostate cancer risk by a staggering 3.7%. To put that into perspective, one meal of falafel, hummus or veggie burgers – or some other food based around legumes per day, would provide a fivefold reduction of risk!
What is a prostate?
The prostate gland is found only in males. It is relatively small – being the size of a large olive. The prostate gland and seminal vesicles produces semen which is the fluid which transports sperm. It is located in a very crowded landscape in front of the colon, below the bladder and colon and close to lymph glands.
The prostate gland wraps around the urethra which is the thin tube which carries urine along the penis. If a prostate gland enlarges, it can prevent the flow of urine and make urination arduous and sometimes almost impossible.
For the prostate to function properly, it requires hormones, from the testicles, pituitary and adrenal glands in a fantastically, perhaps infinitely complex process which medical science simply has not even begun to unravel.
The real danger is that when cancer develops, it has tended to spread quickly into surrounding tissue and lymph glands.
What is the incidence of prostate cancer?
Taking NSW Australia as a typical example of Western culture….you find that prostate cancer accounts for over 30% of cancer diagnoses. Disturbingly this is projected to rise to 37% by the end of the decade.
Historically, prostate cancer has gone through a meteoric rise. Over the last 40 years, there has been a nearly 400% increase. So prostate cancer is increasing at an alarming and quite devastating rate.
This is surely a men’s’ health crisis?
What treatments are available?
At the moment the two main treatments are chemotherapy and /or radiation. And radiation causes cancer.
If you are a male, the single best thing you can do to prevent prostate cancer is to simply incorporate more lentils, beans a peas into your diet. Even small amounts can make a substantial difference.
Sources: Oncotarget. 2017 Jul 4;8(27):44776-44784. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.16794 and https://www.cancerinstitute.org.au/understanding-cancer/cancer-in-nsw/prostate-cancer