Plant-Based Diets Benefit Men’s Health, Finds 3 New Studies
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Three new studies evaluating men on plant-based diets report several key health benefits.
They include a lower risk of developing prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction, as well as helping to lower PSA levels, which is linked to a healthier prostate.
Each study is published in The Journal of Urology, which is peer reviewed and published on behalf of the American Urological Association.
Decreased risk of prostate cancer
In 28 years, the Association of plant-based eating habits with prostate cancer risk study took place. Over 47,000 men following a variety of diets were assessed by collecting questionnaire data every four years.
The authors concluded that plant-based diets are associated with a lower risk of fatal cancers. In addition, men under 65 on a diet without animal products were at lower risk of developing prostate cancer.
However, less than one percent of the men in the study were on a “strict” vegetarian or vegan diet – and the authors cite this as a limitation.
Decreased PSA levels in plant-based diets
Another study published in the same journal looked at prostate health in more detail. His goal was to see how diets affect the levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA), which are produced in the prostate.
According to Prostate Cancer UK, high levels of PSA may suggest prostate problems.
A total of 1,399 men were assessed through the National Health and Nutrition Survey database.
The authors claim that there is a “significant” association between a “healthy” plant-based diet – consisting mostly of whole plant-based foods – and lower PSA levels.
Erectile dysfunction study
Third, a research titled Plant-based diets are associated with lower risk of erectile dysfunction examined the same database.
Analysis of 2,549 men showed varying results in the eating habits of those who consume plant-based diets and the frequency of erections they reported.
Likewise, “healthy” plant-based diets are linked to lower risk of erectile dysfunction, the authors say.
Dr Stacy Loeb, one of the authors, said: “These three studies show that dietary interventions can have positive effects on overall health, as well as on specific urological conditions faced by millions of men.
“… Increased consumption of a healthy plant-based diet has significant benefits for urological and sexual health.”