Is there a link between enlarged prostate and diet?

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Marc B. Garnick, MD
Hematology & Oncology
Evidence suggesting a link between prostate enlargement and Western dietary patterns has emerged. Researchers for the 51,529-participant Health Professionals Follow-up Study reported that men with a higher intake of calories, protein, and some specific forms of polyunsaturated fats were more likely to develop an enlarged prostate than those who ate less.

An analysis of the same participants showed that those who consumed the fewest vegetables had the highest risk of developing an enlarged prostate. A study of 4,770 participants in the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial came to some similar conclusions: risk rose with a diet low in vegetables and high in total fat, polyunsaturated fat, and red meat. However, this study came to the opposite conclusion about protein, finding that it might actually reduce risk.

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Enlarged Prostate

Also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), an enlarged prostate gland can cause urinary problems in aging men. If an enlarged prostate goes untreated, your urine flow can become weak or even blocked from leaving the bladder...

. These symptoms can lead to kidney and urinary tract problems.
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