By Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, January 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) – According to a new study, eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits does not slow down or cure prostate cancer.
US guidelines UU. They say that prostate cancer patients could benefit from eating a diet rich in vegetables.
This study included 478 men, 50 to 80 years old. All had been diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer and were under active surveillance, which means they were closely monitored and received no treatment unless their cancer began to progress.
The men were randomly assigned to a control group that received written information about diet and prostate cancer or to a telephone counseling group in which they were encouraged to eat carotenoid-rich foods. Those foods include green leafy vegetables, carrots and tomatoes, and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage.
After two years of follow-up, the plant-rich diet group saw no additional protection against prostate cancer compared to the control group, according to findings published on January 14 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
It is the first randomized clinical trial that evaluates the effects of dietary changes on prostate cancer.
"These data indicate that, despite the prevailing public and scientific opinion, eating more vegetables will not alter the course of prostate cancer. To our knowledge, it will not suppress or cure it," said lead researcher Dr. J. Kellogg. Parsons, professor of urology at the University of California School of Medicine in San Diego.
"However, although eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables and exercising more may not cure cancer, it can keep the body stronger and healthier, which can help patients tolerate cancer treatments," he said. in a press release from the university.