Plant-based diet promotes urological health, finds 3 new studies
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Three new scientific studies link healthy plant-based diets with better health outcomes for men. Presented at the recent American Urological Association (AUA) virtual conference, the new studies show a link between consumption of plant-based foods and better urological health in men, as well as a reduced risk of cancer. of prostate and erectile dysfunction.
The AUA presented three new scientific studies highlighting the benefits of plant-based diets for men’s health, especially urological health in men. At the organization’s virtual annual conference, researchers presented their findings on how plant-based diets were associated with decreased risk of erectile dysfunction, lower levels of prostate-specific antigens ( PSA), a marker of total and fatal risk. Prostate cancer.
All three studies were published in the peer-reviewed journal Urology Journal, the official medical journal of the AAU. During the talk, AUA moderator Stacy Loeb said the session could be “succinctly summed up” with the conclusion that men should “eat more plants for your prostate and erections.”
Herbal diets and lower PSA levels
In the first study presented, researchers found a link between higher consumption of plant-based foods and PSA levels in men. Using data on the demographics, eating habits and PSA levels of men enrolled in a national health and nutrition survey, the study found a significant correlation between those who ate a healthy plant-based diet and lower PSA levels.
PSA is made by the prostate, and high levels of PSA are generally recognized as a sign of prostate cancer. It is also a sign of non-cancerous health issues related to the prostate, such as enlarged and inflamed prostate.
Meanwhile, higher consumption of animal foods led to higher levels of PSA. “It works the other way around,” Dr Ali Mouzannar said at the conference. “Meat has been shown to be associated with a high rate of aggressive prostate cancer and a high risk of recurrence. “
Certain plant foods and reduce the risk of prostate cancer
Another study focused on the beneficial role of specific vegan foods with a lower risk of prostate cancer. One of these foods is tomato, which contains lycopene, which appears to have an anti-prostate cancer effect. It builds on existing research that has confirmed the association between high consumption of meat and dairy products and risk of prostate cancer, but this study was one of the first to link eating habits more specifically. herbal and the benefits it may have in preventing prostate cancer. cancer development.
Involving more than 47,000 male participants for up to 28 years, research found that overall higher rates of plant-based food consumption resulted in a significantly lower risk of fatal prostate cancer.
“In addition to the well-established benefits for general health and the environment, the data from this prospective study provide supporting evidence that increased consumption of healthy plant-based foods may be associated with greater risk. weak from aggressive prostate cancer, ”the researchers wrote, who added that the“ strongest results ”were seen among younger male populations.
Eat plants to prevent erectile dysfunction
The third study presented to the AAU analyzed the association between erectile dysfunction and the consumption of plant-based foods by more than 2,500 men through the Global Healthy Plant-Based Diet Index. He found that those who ate a diet rich in healthy vegan foods had a reduced risk of erectile dysfunction.
Known risk factors for erectile dysfunction include age, hypertension, diabetes, a history of stroke, and higher BMI rates.
Commenting on all the findings, Stacy Loeb told the conference that the data is “really encouraging given the many health and environmental benefits of plant-based diets.” Foods of animal origin such as meat and dairy products are the most carbon-intensive products in the food system, with livestock contributing around one-fifth of global GHG emissions.
“I see it as a win-win, there’s really no downside here,” Loeb added. “You’re going to lower your risk of aggressive prostate cancer and increased PSA levels, and your chances of maintaining erectile function, and that’s just better for the planet as a whole. “
Latest evidence adds to overwhelming bed of data confirming human health benefits of plant-based diets, from reduced risk of heart disease to increased presence of gut microbes linked to lower obesity rates and diabetes.
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