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Mediterranean Diet Could Be the Best Way to Prevent Prostate Cancer

In a new study, researchers from the University of South Australia found that men who followed a predominantly Mediterranean diet had lower chances of being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

For their study, the team compared micronutrient plasma concentrations of prostate cancer patients with a control group of healthy participants, indicating low levels of lutein, lycopene, alpha-carotene, and selenium in PC patients and high levels of iron, sulfur, and calcium in the same group compared to controls.

Men with plasma concentrations lower than 0.25 ug/mL for lycopene and/or lower than 120ug/L for selenium demonstrated a higher risk of prostate cancer and were likely to be more sensitive to the damaging effects of radiation.

Study co-author Dr. Permal Deo says: “Our recommendation is to adopt a Mediterranean diet enlisting the help of a dietician because people absorb nutrients in different ways, depending on the food, the digestive system, the person’s genotype, and possibly their microbiome.”

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