Is there a way to lower prostate risk numbers via diet?

Answered on December 11, 2013
Created November 24, 2013 at 2:26 AM

My brother eats SAD and his prostate risk numbers are rising. Doctors are giving him antibiotics now. What info is out there on this topic, if any. Thanks!

2 biopsy's showed nothing

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on December 11, 2013
at 02:40 AM

I am not a doctor, but some recommend iodine.

To the best of my knowledge, the data is clinical and/or epidemiological. I don't think there is much, if any, in the way of true double-blind studies in this area- pro or con - so it's more a matter of judgment at this point (like most of life).



The prostate also contains thyroid hormone receptors.3 Thyroid hormone requires iodine for its synthesis. Therefore the prostate must also require iodine, since it has the receptors for thyroid hormone, and nature really does not create useless redundancies. This could explain why therapy with iodine or iodide could help to shrink the size of the prostate. It is known that iodine deficiency in adolescents results in enlargement of the testes, just as it results in enlargement of the thyroid gland without concomitant production of androgenic hormones and virilization.


Few studies have investigated the association between iodine status, thyroid disease, and cancer risk despite evidence that thyroid function impacts many organs, including the prostate. We investigated iodine status and prostate cancer risk prospectively using data from the NHANES I Epidemiologic Follow-up Study. Participants were stratified into tertiles according to the urinary iodine/creatinine ratio, as a marker of iodine exposure. As iodine is an integral constituent of thyroid hormones, we also examined the relationship between thyroid disease and prostate cancer risk. Relative to the group with low urinary iodine, the age-adjusted hazard ratio was higher (although marginally insignificant) in the moderate group, hazard ratio 1.33 (95% confidence interval 1.00-1.78), and significantly lower in the high group, 0.71 (0.51-0.99). Thyroid disease was associated with an increased prostate cancer risk, 2.34 (1.24-4.43). Similarly, > 10 yr since thyroid disease diagnosis was associated with an elevated risk, 3.38 (1.66-6.87). After adjusting for other confounding factors, only a history of thyroid disease, 2.16 (1.13-4.14), and > 10 yr since diagnosis of thyroid disease, 3.17 (1.54-6.51) remained significant. Although the role of dietary iodine remains speculative, a role for thyroid disease and/or factors contributing to thyroid disease as a risk factor for prostate carcinogenesis warrants additional investigation.

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on November 29, 2013
at 12:12 PM

  • There's no proven prostate cancer prevention strategy. But you may reduce your risk of prostate cancer by making healthy choices, such as exercising and eating a healthy diet.
  • Choose a low-fat diet. Foods that contain fats include meats, nuts, oils and dairy products, such as milk and cheese. In studies, men who ate the highest amount of fat each day had an increased risk of prostate cancer.
  • Eat more fat from plants than from animals.
  • Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat each day.Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins and nutrients that are thought to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
  • Reduce the amount of dairy products you eat each day.

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