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Prostate vs. a Plant-Based Diet

Eating a plant-based diet may protect against BPH (benign prostatic hypertrophy, an enlarged prostate).

September 24, 2012 |
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If individual plant foods reduce the risk of prostate enlargement, what about an entire diet composed of plant foods? Here’s where the Pritikin researchers step in again. Remember how they dripped the before and after blood on prostate cancer cells? Well they did the same thing for BPH. Took a bunch of men and put them on a plant-based diet for just 2 weeks and then dripped their blood on normal prostate cells in a petri dish and saw, as with the cancer, a significant drop in growth—and so quickly too! The flipside, of course, is yeah, it’s amazing you could see an effect after just two weeks on a healthy diet, but if they ended the study after two weeks, how do you know the effect doesn’t just goes away; maybe your body accustoms itself to a healthy diet and prostate cell growth rates start slowly creeping back up. Well, they looked at that! They tested blood of people that had been eating plant-based diets for up to 28 years straight, and found the same thing, both against benign prostate cell growth, and as we saw before, against cancerous prostate cell growth. As long as we continue to eat healthy, growth rates go down, and they stay down.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Kerry Skinner.

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Dr. Michael Greger

Doctor's Note

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 that started with 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.

For some context, please check out my associated blog posts: Treating an Enlarged Prostate With DietVegan Men: More Testosterone But Less Cancer, Pollutants in Californian Breast Tissue, and Flaxseeds for Prostate Cancer

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  • http://nutritionfacts.org/ Michael Greger M.D.

    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.

    If you haven’t yet, you can subscribe to my videos for free by clicking here.

  • 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…

  • olhg1

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