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Getting mr to change his diet

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Posted 04 Oct 2019 at 02:23

Hi

My husband is 59. He was diagnosed two months ago and had robotic radical prostatectomy 11 days ago. We got the his-pathology report yesterday. Gleason score has remained 7 (3+4) tumour is T2c not b. Stage 2 with no lymph node or seminal vessel involvement . It was confined to prostate & all margins are clear but there was Perineural invasion so surgeon said regular checkups are the norm. We live in a S.east Asian country and have private healthcare. I am terrified of reoccurrence and would like hubby to make changes to diet and lifestyle. He is very resistant and thinks I am curbing his life . It doesn’t help that I have a 89 year old in-law living with me who doesn’t know about the situation and thinks I am crazy with all my diet & exercise mumbo-jumbo. Any advice is welcome . Hubby spoke to a friend to had the sane procedure in USA early this year and has made no changes to his diet . I don’t know if that’s true  

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Posted 04 Oct 2019 at 19:15
It’s never too late to make more effort to exercise for anyone is it ? But as for diet we all hear one hundred things a day , but not a single medical professional has ever given me diet advice since my surgery. The latest trend is that it is now fine to eat red and processed meat despite years of slagging it off. And the great margarine and butter debate. Everything in moderation ......

If life gives you lemons , then make lemonade

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Posted 04 Oct 2019 at 22:19

We don't know what his lifestyle is.

It's likely there is only a slight chance a diet could help with your husbands case and that could depend on what his current lifestyle is.

If he is overweight, drinks to excess, eats a lot of fat or sugar and takes no exercise then it is likely changes will improve his health which could help if his cancer tries to come back and it might be something no-one will ever be able to prove.

I eat a fairly healthy diet and exercise a lot although it's not easy to resist those temptations.   I have cut back a lot on alcohol and cheese and milk.  Although I hope I haven't still got it.

If you're the cook I'd suggest gradual change if it's needed and perhaps more walking as a start.

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Posted 04 Oct 2019 at 18:38
There is no research to suggest that diet would make any difference at all to a man who has had his prostate removed. If he had changed his diet before puberty, that might have been different.
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard

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Posted 04 Oct 2019 at 19:15
It’s never too late to make more effort to exercise for anyone is it ? But as for diet we all hear one hundred things a day , but not a single medical professional has ever given me diet advice since my surgery. The latest trend is that it is now fine to eat red and processed meat despite years of slagging it off. And the great margarine and butter debate. Everything in moderation ......

If life gives you lemons , then make lemonade

User
Posted 04 Oct 2019 at 22:19

We don't know what his lifestyle is.

It's likely there is only a slight chance a diet could help with your husbands case and that could depend on what his current lifestyle is.

If he is overweight, drinks to excess, eats a lot of fat or sugar and takes no exercise then it is likely changes will improve his health which could help if his cancer tries to come back and it might be something no-one will ever be able to prove.

I eat a fairly healthy diet and exercise a lot although it's not easy to resist those temptations.   I have cut back a lot on alcohol and cheese and milk.  Although I hope I haven't still got it.

If you're the cook I'd suggest gradual change if it's needed and perhaps more walking as a start.

User
Posted 10 Oct 2019 at 16:27

All the reading I've done supports what Lyn says below. There is a lot of evidence that men living in, for example, rural China have a very low rate of prostate cancer and that diet is a big factor in that. But it's a huge leap from acknowledging that fact to saying that a rural Chinese diet can reverse a cancer that has already occurred or stop it recurring. The damage was done years ago and many other factors may also be in play.

He has just gone through major surgery and he might want to hold on to what he enjoys. Moderation in all things sounds trite but it's probably spot on for us prostate cancer sufferers.

 

User
Posted 11 Oct 2019 at 16:59

Just to add, his body will need more than normal during the healing process. A balanced diet is good to make sure everything required is available to the body, and also make sure there's plenty of protein to rebuild muscle damage.

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Posted 17 Dec 2020 at 18:14

Hi. Late life diet changes may have an effect on some diseases but I dont think prostate cancer is one of them. I went down the dietary/holistic  path for 18 months before finally having a prostatectomy. I dont regret trying it but it didnt make any long term difference. The surgeon actually said to me early on - 'changing your diet will have absolutely no impact on your prostate cancer'.

Surgeons generally speak bluntly I find.

Best wishes to all for a safe and happy Christmas. Cheers John

User
Posted 17 Dec 2020 at 18:25
However, improving the diet can improve general health and fitness which in turn improves longevity and can reduce the impact of some side effects.
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard

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Posted 19 Dec 2020 at 12:52

Hi 

😇 think that most of us that has been diagnosed with a life threatening problem think what have i done wrong to deserve this it must be my life style, diet weight etc.

I had my Brachytherapy in September 2016 and had a short time before the worry had to be put on the back burner as we started to look after an elderly relative of 98 started to have falls at her home  and insisted she would not move into sheltered accommodation and we had two years of 24/7 callouts that pushed us to breaking point so of course no time for diet or looking after ourselves.So four years on put on a stone in weight and drinking like a fish i was signed off by specialist  last week so i can start to worry again loose weight stop drinking.

You don't live longer it just feels like it.😂

 

 
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