Prostate: Foods to Avoid

By Susan DeFeo

For the majority of men, prostate problems are as certain as wrinkles and taxes. Urinary frequency, urinary hesitancy, intermittent flow and leakage are just some of the symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. Some doctors contend that nutritional therapy and dietary changes may slow down the growth of an enlarged prostate enough to avoid medication or surgery and may even prevent cancer.

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For the majority of men, prostate problems are as certain as wrinkles and taxes. Urinary frequency, urinary hesitancy, intermittent flow and leakage are just some of the symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. Some doctors contend that nutritional therapy and dietary changes may slow down the growth of an enlarged prostate enough to avoid medication or surgery and may even prevent cancer.

Meat

Grilled steak with french fries.

Fatty diets with a high caloric intake from meats may lead to an increased risk of prostate cancer as well as affecting the progression and behavior of the cancer. A study by Harvard University reports that men with waist sizes of 43 inches or more are 50 percent more likely to suffer from prostate enlargement than men of normal weight. The study further discovered that losing just seven inches of waistline, about 35 pounds, could be both a preventative and a treatment of BPH. It is best to reduce or eliminate meat, which may contain unhealthy fats and steroids. A vegetarian diet is a healthier option.

Saturated and Hydrogenated Fats

A plate of french fries.

Except for olive oil and sesame oil, reduce butter, margarine, and oil intake. Trans-fatty acids, hydrogenated oils and saturated animal fats can exacerbate the growth of malignant cells. Stay away from donuts, cookies, cakes, potato chips, French fries and other deep-fried foods.

Dairy

A board with a variety of cheeses.

According to studies done by Harvard University and Tufts University, consumption of dairy products is closely linked in America to prostate cancer. Research found that men who consume larger than average amounts of dairy products have an 11 percent higher risk of developing prostate cancer than men who consumed less. Additionally, males with the highest intake of dairy products have a 39 percent higher risk of developing prostate cancer than men with the lowest dairy consumption. Milk, cheese, and ice cream should be avoided.

Refined Sugars

Sponge cake with chocolate sauce.

Cancer cells love sugar, which acts as a fuel for tumor growth. Do not consume refined sugars found in cakes, pastries, candy, Jell-O, white bread and sugary tomato sauces.

Beverages to Avoid

A glass with whiskey on the rocks.

Avoid alcohol, black teas and coffee. Sodas contains sugar, so they too should be avoided. Refrain from drinking liquids before, during or just after meals, as they dilute the digestive enzymes. This can result in poor digestion, with fewer nutrients being provided to the body.

Other Foods

A variety of salted and roasted nuts.

Avoid salty foods including pretzels, nuts, chips, soy sauce, beef jerky, ham, hot dogs and bottled salad dressing. Canned, packaged and processed foods such as canned soups, TV dinners and processed cheese should also be eliminated from your diet.

About the Author

Susan DeFeo has been a professional writer since 1997. She served as a community events columnist for New Jersey's "Cape May County Herald" for more than a decade and currently covers the family and pet beat for CBS Philadelphia. Her health, fitness, beauty and travel articles have appeared in various online publications. DeFeo studied visual communications at SUNY Farmingdale.

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