Doctor's Note

Some Prostates Are Larger than Others introduced the problem of BPH, and Prostate vs Plants talked about which individual foods to pursue, and which to avoid. This is the fifth of a 15-part video series that began with Ex Vivo Cancer Proliferation Bioassay (which was preceded by Engineering a Cure, and followed by Is It the Diet, the Exercise, or Both?). I featured this series in my full-length 2012 presentation, Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death. What’s the mechanism behind the extraordinary physiological shifts that occur within weeks of eating healthy? That’s the topic I’ll turn to next.

For further context, be sure to check out my associated blog posts: Treating an Enlarged Prostate With DietVegan Men: More Testosterone But Less CancerPollutants in Californian Breast Tissue; and Flax Seeds for Prostate Cancer.

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  • Thursday’s video-of-the-day Some Prostates Are Larger Than Others introduced the problem of BPH and Friday’s Prostate Versus Plants talked about which individual foods to pursue and which to avoid. This is the fifth video of a 15 part series on the Developing Ex Vivo Cancer Proliferation Bioassay (prequel here and sequel here) that I featured in my full-length 2012 presentation Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death. What’s the mechanism behind the extraordinary physiological shifts that occur within weeks of eating healthy? That’s the topic I’m going to turn to next.

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  • susan

    I tried the Pritikin Diet.  Very shortly, I decided I’d rather have cancer again.

    • Veganrunner

      Hi Susan,

      What was it that you didn’t like?

    • Dirty Cyclist

       Sorry to be so blunt, but that is the dumbest thing I have read today…

    • Richard

      I do not care if you get cancer Susan but I do care if some of my tax money has to support you…

  • olhg1

    Hi, Will an enlarged prostate diminish by eating a plant-based diet?

    • bobluhrs

      Growth rates of cells diminished about 13 percent on plant-based diet plus daily exercise 45-60 minutes. The cell death rates also went up but they said it wasn’t statistically significant rise. In the long-term group, however, it went up 37 percent, and I’m not sure why that wasn’t considered statistically significant (?). In the 2 week group, it also went up about 20 percent. The this is, you have to assume this all matters in determining if your enlarged prostate will shrink or just not keep growing so fast, or if it will help at all. The growth rate went from 70 down to 60, which is nice, and death rate went up 37 percent, so that could mean 97 percent reduction or almost zero net growth, if the same thing happens in the body versus in the petri dish. I tend to think it will help a lot to be on plant-based diet, and certainly to exercise daily, but not sure how much it affects prostate size. It would have been nice to get a list of foods from their study, also. I guess there’s nothing to lose by trying, and it would not be crazy to try, since this is good data.

      • bobluhrs

        sorry this math is wrong, it should have been: 13 percent growth reduction plus 37 increase in cell death from apotosis, to give 50 percent reduction in growth net, which is not nothing, but remember the cell death number was considered insignificant by the researchers, not sure why.

      • UCBAlum

        Statistical significance is an estimation, using mathematics about the mean and Standard Deviation, of how likely the results researchers saw in the study was real – meaning that it was a result of the treatment – versus chance. It’s not a measure of how “big” the result was. If you think about it, that’s a value judgment. Whenever you hear the word “significant” in a study – like “significant rise in cholesterol” – think statistically significant, not big.

  • Hi Dr. Greger, thanks for all this info you make easily available for us.

    My dad (64yo) has an enlarged prostate and about 3 months ago got to the point he has now to use a catheter. I have watched all vids related to Prostate and put him on a low fat, no animal products, no refined products, heavy on flax seeds diet. I would like to know if at the point he is now, is it feasible that prostate recesses? or he must do the surgery to “fix” that and keep this new diet just to avoid it from growing again? I ask as I would not like him to be using this catheter as I have read is of high risk of infection of the urinary tract. Thanks in advance.

    • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

      Hi There! I didn’t know the answer but we have such a wonderful team of medial doctor volunteers who said they’re sure if it actually gets smaller, but it can definitely work better with the lignans on board. Some men stop their BPH meds altogether, as talked about in this video: Prostate vs. Plants.

  • macrumpton

    I have BPH and have switched to a vegan diet (lots of salads and greens) also cutting way back on bread and starches. So far I have lost 25lbs in about 40 days, but my BPH symptoms (low urine flow) persist. Does the the study indicate that my bph should get better or just that it won’t get worse?