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Update to Treating Prostate Cancer With Dieting and Coffee

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Coffee could lower your risk of prostate cancer.

A new study discovers a link between drinking coffee and a lowered risk of developing prostate cancer. Here’s an update on prostate cancer health and a reminder why coffee is a useful beverage toward losing weight when dieting.

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Support for Coffee’s Health Benefits

Drinking coffee has been associated with healthier living for quite a while now. Aside from the immense pleasurable and cognitive benefits drinking coffee in the early morning provides for the body, a number of studies have shown positive health associations from drinking coffee such as:

Women who drank two or three cups of coffee per day having the lowest levels of body fat.

Coffee drinking cutting liver deaths by half.

• Green coffee bean extract as a safe and effective weight loss supplement.

• Practical experience with coffee as a way to curb cravings when dieting.

More recently, during my ongoing weight loss experiment, I can definitely attribute drinking coffee toward some successful weight loss. My habit is to drink a cup three times a day: in the morning with breakfast; during the early afternoon; and, once again at late afternoon. In fact, a fourth cup might do me even better as multiple studies recommend this many cups of coffee per day not only for dieting, but for mental health as well.

I find that for me, coffee does have natural appetite suppressing activity. Moreover, drinking coffee might be associated with controlling insulin levels, which of course is one of the factors of metabolic syndrome, obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

In fact, coffee may help prevent Type 2 diabetes as reported in earlier Emaxhealth articles such as this one from Deborah Mitchell about Why Coffee Can Reduce Risk of Type 2 Diabetes where she explains that coffee possesses three main active components: caffeine, caffeic acid, and chlorogenic acid (CGA) that are believed to help some patients with diabetes.

Tea as well appears to work toward controlling your diabetes according to an earlier study that revealed that people who drank three to four cups of regular coffee or tea daily had an approximately 25 percent lower risk of developing diabetes than those who drank zero to two cups daily.

Coffee for Prostate Health

Aside from dieting and weight loss-related health benefits, coffee recently is associated as a potential health benefit for lowering the risk of developing prostate cancer.

Recently, I discussed how that scientists are looking at dieting as a way to treat prostate cancer. And just yesterday, a new study tells us that research is showing a reduction of nearly 1% toward lowering the risk of developing prostate cancer with each cup of coffee taken daily.

The study looked at over 1 million men who drank within a range of 2-9 cups of coffee per day finding that comparing those with the lowest coffee intake, to those on the highest intake of the range, were associated with a 7% lower risk of localized prostate cancer, and a 12%-16% lower risk for advanced and fatal prostate cancer, respectively.

The author’s concluded that:

"This study suggests that increased coffee consumption may be associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer. Further research is still warranted to explore the underlying mechanisms and active compounds in coffee."

"If the association is further proved to be a causal effect, men might be encouraged to increase their coffee consumption to potentially decrease the risk of prostate cancer."

The Experiment Continues

For more about how that coffee can benefit your dieting efforts, here is some advice on how to Count Calories in Your Café Latte and How To Best Use Stevia For Losing Weight.

Timothy Boyer has a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona. For 20+ years he has been employed as a freelance health and science writer. Today, with an eye on the latest news, Timothy continues writing about science with a focus on what you need to know for healthier living. For continual updates about health, you can also follow Timothy on Twitter at TimBoyerWrites.

Image Source: Courtesy of Image by Rudolf Langer from Pixabay

References:

Higher coffee intake may be linked to lower prostate cancer risk
Eureka Alert News Release 11-JAN-2021.

Coffee consumption and risk of prostate cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis” Chen X, Zhao Y, Tao Z, et al. BMJ Open 2021;11:e038902.

TREATING PROSTATE CANCER WITH DIETING

Prostate Cancer and Men’s Health

After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the United States. Because prostate cancer tends to grow very slowly—up to many years, most men are not aware that they have the disease until signs and symptoms such as trouble with urinating, blood in the urine, erectile dysfunction, and pain in the back, hips, ribs, or other bones becomes evident.

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While the majority of prostate cancer cases are considered a low-risk disease due to its typical localization to the prostate and hence have a favorable prognosis, many men do not need immediate treatment and choose to follow active surveillance by their doctor toward monitoring the progression of their disease. Choosing more invasive treatment is often avoided because the treatments can cause changes in quality of life and declines in urinary and sexual function.

So, what are the risk factors associated with developing prostate cancer? As it turns out, prostate cancer—like many other diseases—is influenced by being overweight or obese.

However, aside from having a weight problem, other risks for prostate cancer include:

• Having a family history of prostate cancer
• Being of African American descent
• Consuming a lot of red meat and dairy
• Skimping on the whole grain and vegetable foods
• Not getting enough exercise
• Being over age 50
• Not getting enough sunshine and vitamin D

Therefore, per the risk factors, except for your genetics and how old you are, lowering your risk of developing prostate cancer lies primarily in your hands.

For more about the risks and what you can do about them, here is an informative article by Emaxhealth writer Kathleen Blanchard that is still very relevant today titled “The Truth About Prostate Cancer and Diet, Might Not Be What You Think.”

It bears mentioning here too, that even if you do experience some of the symptoms associated with the prostate gland, they may not be an indication of cancer as aptly pointed out in this Emaxhealth article “Men here are the symptoms of prostate gland, which may be cancerous or not.” However, it is still recommended to have potential symptoms diagnosed by as physician.

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There's Hope If You Have Prostate Cancer

As it turns out, however, a new study reports that if you do develop prostate cancer you may still have a significant measure of control over the disease by adopting a Mediterranean style diet. In particular—men who are under monitoring care as their physician keeps an eye on the progression of the disease during its early stages.

A news release from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center found that men in a study with localized prostate cancer who reputedly adopted a diet that follows the key principles of a Mediterranean-style diet, fared better during the course of their disease.

“A Mediterranean diet is non-invasive, good for overall health and, as shown by this study, has the potential to effect the progression of their cancer,” said Justin Gregg, M.D., assistant professor of Urology and lead author of the study.

“The Mediterranean diet consistently has been linked to lower risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and mortality. This study in men with early stage prostate cancer gets us another step closer to providing evidence-based dietary recommendations to optimize outcomes in cancer patients, who along with their families, have many questions in this area,” said Carrie Daniel-MacDougall, Ph.D., associate professor of Epidemiology and senior author of the study.

The study’s findings, in fact, are not unexpected. Earlier, Emaxhealth reported as far back as 2013 that surviving prostate cancer could depend on weight at time of diagnosis. And in 2012, “Scientists Say Nuts to Prostate Cancer” shows early support linking eating walnuts with prostate health in addition to walnuts as a recommended weight loss food.

A Vegan Diet Option For Preventing Prostate Cancer

For those who carry healthy eating a bit further than what the Mediterranean diet offers, a Vegan Diet would be expected to be just as effective toward treating prostate cancer, as well as possibly preventing prostate cancer from developing at all.

Emaxhealth writer Sarah Vincent reported that foods for optimal prostate gland health include beans, peas, lentils, garlic, onions, flax seeds, pomegranate, coffee, bananas and mushrooms.

One example of a particularly healthy and tasty Vegan recipe for prostate gland health is this Vegan Stroganoff recipe:

Recipe Ingredients

8 ounces uncooked ribbon noodles
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 tablespoons whole wheat flour, divided
2 cups beefless beef broth or vegetable broth
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon tomato paste
1 1/2 pounds mushrooms (half Portobello and half White Button mushrooms), cut into large 2-inch chunks
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/4 cup vegan sour cream (optional)
10 turns of fresh ground, black pepper
1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, minced

Cooking Instructions

• Cook the noodles per the direction on the package. Undercook them a bit because they will be cooked again once incorporated into the sauce.
• Drain and set aside.
• In a large saucepan, add the olive oil and sauté the onions for 3 minutes over medium heat.
• Add the flour and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
• Gradually add the broth, soy sauce, lemon juice, and tomato paste, while stirring at the same time. Stir until mixture becomes thick and bubbly.
• Add the mushrooms, thyme, sage, and salt. Stir to combine.
• Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently until mushrooms have shrunk in size. Add the vinegar and simmer for 4 more minutes.
• Add the noodles, sour cream, 1 tablespoon of flour, black pepper, and parsley and cook on low for an additional 5 minutes.
• Garnish with parsley.

For more prostate-healthy Vegan recipes, follow her informative article: “5 Vegan recipes for optimal prostate gland health.”

More To Come

Stay tuned as future Emaxhealth articles will focus on not just how to lose weight quickly through dieting, but also how dieting can mean much more than weight loss toward good health for 2021.

Timothy Boyer has a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona. For 20+ years he has been employed as a freelance health and science writer. Today, with an eye on the latest news, Timothy continues writing about science with a focus on what you need to know for healthier living. For continual updates about health, you can also follow Timothy on Twitter at TimBoyerWrites.

Image Source: Courtesy of Cancer Research UK via Wikimedia

References:

Mediterranean diet may decrease risk of prostate cancer progression for men on active surveillance” MD Anderson News Release January 07, 2021.

Adherence to the Mediterranean diet and grade group progression in localized prostate cancer: An active surveillance cohort” Gregg, JR, Zhang, X, Chapin, BF, Ward, JF, Kim, J, Davis, JW, Daniel, CR. Cancer 2020.

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Comments

Yes, and I would make the case that this highlights the importance of learning to listen to our bodies and start upstream by examining what we eat and drink before many health problems have already started. Thanks for the response!