Low-Carb Diet Slows Prostate Cancer: Study

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’Ό Written by Abdur Rahman Choudhury, M.Sc.
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Key Finding: A new study shows that a low-carb diet might improve gut health and potentially slow down prostate cancer progression! πŸ’ͺπŸ₯— Weight loss plays a key role in this positive effect. πŸ˜²πŸ‘Œ

Did you know that your gut health might have a surprising effect on prostate cancer (PC) progression? 🀯 A new study published in The Annals of Medicine Journal explored the impact of a low-carbohydrate diet (LCD) on intestinal permeability (IP) and inflammation markers (IM) in men with prostate cancer (PC).

Before proceeding, let me introduce you some uncommon terms: πŸ‘‰ LCD – a diet limiting carbohydrate intake, focusing on proteins and fats; IP – the ease of substances passing through the gut lining; IM – molecules indicating inflammation levels in the body; PC – a form of cancer that develops in the prostate gland, found in the male reproductive system. Now, get back to the topic. πŸ‘‡

The Carbohydrate and Prostate Study 2 (CAPS2) clinical trial (a study comparing low-carb diets and control groups for prostate cancer patients) followed 45 participants for 6 months πŸ“…, comparing the effects of a low-carbohydrate diet against a control group. All participants had prior primary prostate cancer treatment and a body mass index (BMI) of β‰₯24 kg/mΒ² (a measure of body fat based on height and weight).

Guess what? The results were pretty interesting! 😲 After 6 months, the low-carbohydrate diet group showed a decrease in zonulin by a median of -8.3%, while the control group increased slightly (median 1.4%). However, no changes were observed in the inflammation marker called high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP). By the way, zonulin is a protein that regulates intestinal permeability.

But here’s the kicker: the study found a significant association between weight change and prostate-specific antigen doubling time (PSADT – a marker for prostate cancer progression). The greater the weight loss, the longer the PSADT (p = .003). A similar inverse trend was observed between changes in zonulin and PSADT (p = .050). Nonetheless, zonulin wasn’t found to be a significant intermediary mechanism (p = .3).

As a weight loss coach, I believe that a healthy diet and weight loss can make a huge difference in our lives! πŸ’ͺ This study suggests that an low-carbohydrate diet may have a positive impact on intestinal permeability and potentially slow down prostate cancer progression.

So, what do you think? How would you improve your gut health and promote a healthier lifestyle to fight prostate cancer? πŸ₯— What are your favorite low-carb recipes? Let’s discuss and share our ideas in the comments below! πŸ€”πŸ‘‡

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Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Chowdhury is a weight loss coach with 3+ years of experience. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry from The Burdwan University, India. He also completed the "Lose Weight and Keep It Off" certificate course from Harvard Medical School, US. Abdur believes in the power of home-cooked meals and weight training to stay healthy and fit.

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