Current research suggests that the meteoric rise of prostate cancer in men in South East Asia over the last twenty years has been ascribed to the adoption of a Western diet.
A diet much higher in meat, fat and sugar than the traditional diets of particularly China and Japan. Anyone familiar with these countries, as I have been for thirty years will have noticed the gradual change in body shape of the indigenous populations.
In several Chinese medical studies, it was established that men with a higher waist to hip ratio have a significantly higher risk of prostate cancer. Hsing et al "Our results suggest that serum insulin levels may influence the risk of prostate cancer in Chinese men.
The legendary stories of Japanese longevity are always prefaced by " it's due to their diet, they eat a lot of fish". Yes they do, but diet is as much about what you don't eat as about what you do eat. In the past their diet has avoided saturated fat, red meat and refined sugar.
Westernisation has changed this dramatically. Japanese youth are becoming fat and men are developing more prostate, bowel and colorectal cancer.
I think it is also interesting to note that although Japanese men have traditionally lived into their 80s and 90s, well beyond their Western counterparts, they had not previously recorded high levels of prostate cancer in the past and this is despite other cancers being prevalent and indeed a cause of death of the old in Japan.
it is only since the adoption of a Western diet that prostate cancer has begun to become very common in China or Japan.
Rather like Dave, I don't have an O level in biology, so I won't be setting myself up as an expert or guru. Neither will I be giving out medical advice. However, now that I have prostate cancer, I do intend to take a leaf out of the traditional, not modern Japanese book. I will moderate my diet and reduce my intake of red meat, refined sugar.and saturated fat. It's also about lifestyle again like the Japanese, I will take up more exercise.
I have no doubt that ADT can add fat to the midriff and in my tiny little mind, reducing this fat whilst a cancer rages within can only be good for me. This is not offered as advice but as a record of my choices on my journey.
Edited by member 22 Dec 2022 at 02:03
| Reason: Clarification