Can Diet Prevent Progression of Prostate Cancer?

logo1267406_mdCurrent research published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research concluded that a high fiber diet may have the clinical potential to control the progression of prostate cancer in patients diagnosed in the early stages of the disease.

In the study the researchers compared mice fed with inositol hexaphosphate (IP6), a major component of high fiber diets, with mice that were not fed this dietary component.¬† Researchers then used MRI to monitor progression of prostate cancer in these models. Researchers said ” The study results were really rather profound. We saw dramatically reduced tumor volumes, primarily due to the anti-angiogenic effects of IP6.”¬† He elaborated by saying that feeding with the active ingredient of a high-fiber diet kept prostate tumors from making the new blood vessels they needed to supply themselves with energy and without this. the cancer cells could not grow. In addition, IP6 slowed the rate at which prostate cancer cells metabolized glucose.

Commenting on the differences seen previously between prostate cancer progression among Asian and Western men the researcher concluded “Researchers have long been looking for genetic variations between Asian and Western people that could explain¬† the difference in prostate cancer progression rates, but now it seems as if the difference may not be genetic but dietary. Asian cultures get IP6 whereas Western cultures do not.”

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