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Research has shown that men who have undergone treatment for prostate cancer may experience improved sexual health by following a plant-based diet.
Based on the results, a decrease in meat and dairy consumption paired with an increase in fruit, vegetables, grains, and nuts may lead to a decrease in common symptoms experienced by prostate cancer patients, such as erectile dysfunction and bladder control issues.
The results of the study provide optimism for individuals seeking to enhance their quality of life by making a simple adjustment following treatment for the condition.
The experts suggest that eating meat does not necessarily improve sexual function in men, contradicting a common belief.
According to Stacy Loeb, a professor at NYU Langone Health, the results of our study provide optimism for individuals seeking ways to enhance their well-being after undergoing surgery, radiation, and other standard treatments for prostate cancer that often result in adverse effects.
Increasing the consumption of fruits and vegetables and decreasing the intake of meat and dairy products is an easy change that patients can make in their diet.
She stated, “These findings contribute to the extensive list of health and environmental advantages of consuming a higher proportion of plants and a lower proportion of animal products.”
They also challenge the common belief that consuming meat can improve male sexual function, when evidence suggests the opposite.
The research discovered that males who consumed the highest amount of plant-based foods had better results in terms of sexual performance compared to those who consumed the lowest amount.
Additionally, the findings showed improved ratings for urinary wellness, with a decrease in occurrences of incontinence, blockage, and discomfort.
Furthermore, individuals with a diet that was predominantly plant-based had better hormone health scores, as measured by symptoms like low energy and depression, compared to those with the least plant-based diet.
A team of scientists from NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health studied over 3,500 male individuals diagnosed with prostate cancer.
The patients were divided into five groups depending on the ratio of plant-based to animal-based foods reported by the men.
A recent study, published in the Cancer journal, examined information from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. This ongoing research started in 1986 and is supported by the Harvard Chan School in the United States.
During the project, a questionnaire was administered every four years to primarily Caucasian males with prostate cancer to gather information about their dietary habits and portion sizes.
A different study, conducted biennially, evaluated the occurrence of incontinence, challenges with achieving an erection, and issues with bowel function, energy levels, and emotional state, among various other health issues.
The majority of the patients (over 83%) had undergone treatment for prostate cancer.
According to the researchers, consuming large quantities of plant-based foods is associated with improved sexual and urinary health, as well as vitality scores, regardless of lifestyle factors or past medical conditions like diabetes.
Prostate Cancer UK reports that approximately 52,000 men are annually diagnosed with prostate cancer, which averages to 144 diagnoses per day.
The condition has gained attention in the past few weeks, following an announcement from Buckingham Palace stating that King Charles would be receiving treatment for a enlarged prostate, which is not a form of cancer.
Soon after, it was reported that he had been diagnosed with cancer following the discovery of a separate issue while receiving treatment for his non-cancerous prostate condition.
After the announcement of the King’s prostate condition, there was a noticeable increase in individuals seeking information on prostate cancer and enlarged prostates, as reported by cancer charities and the NHS.
The Independent is a British online newspaper.
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