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What lifestyle changes can reduce my risk of getting prostate cancer?

Dr. David L. Katz, MD, MPH
Preventive Medicine Specialist

We have evidence that a short list of lifestyle factors can help prevent prostate cancer, and prevent it from progressing once it has developed. A 2008 study, for example, showed that a lifestyle program incorporating the usual elements—avoidance of toxins like tobacco, an optimal mostly-plant-based diet, regular physical activity, stress management, adequate sleep, good social interactions (I call these ‘feet, forks, fingers, sleep, stress & love’)—dramatically down-regulated cancer promoter genes, and up-regulated cancer suppressor genes in men with early stage prostate cancer.

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