Gabe Canales, Founder of the Blue Cure Foundation, was just 35 when he found out he had prostate cancer. When diagnosed, doctors told him to remove red meat from his diet and rethink his habits. “I’ve always been a meat and potatoes kind of guy,” Canales shared in a recent article on the Huffington Post, “growing up, I never ate salads or vegetables with my meals.” Now, Canales works to inform other men of the connection between diet and prostate cancer in hopes of preventing future cases.
Last week, Canales tackled the connection between meat consumption and prostate cancer by encouraging men everywhere to have a Meatless Monday. “You can do it – and you should feel better… going just one day a week without any meat has made me discover the benefits of organic fruits and vegetables.”
Many studies have shown that decreasing meat consumption –particularly red, grilled and processed meats– while upping produce and soy intake can impact one’s risk of prostate cancer. “Researchers have explored a number of possible dietary factors contributing to prostate cancer risk,” notes the Cancer Project, “these include dietary fat, saturated fat, dairy products, and meat, as well as dietary factors that may decrease risk, such as the consumption of carotenoids and other antioxidants, fiber, and fruit.”
So join Blue Cure and reduce your risk by partaking in a Meatless Monday each week! You can also visit their Facebook page for more tips on prostate cancer prevention.