Faced with a diagnosis of stage four prostate cancer, surfing writer Tim Baker decided to try different diets including vegan, vegetarian and keto. After seeing a nutritionist, he settled on a flexitarian approach: mostly plants with some fish and occasional serves of poultry, meat or dairy.
A typical day could be fruit for breakfast, salad and tofu or fish for lunch, and vegetables with legumes, tempeh or, sometimes, chicken for dinner. “I’m not talking about replacing conventional therapy. My self-care mantra is MEDS: Medication, Exercise, Diet and Sleep,” Baker stresses.
He’s also part of a University of Queensland study funded by men’s health charity Movember, to see if exercise helps improve the health of men with advanced prostate cancer, and slow its progression.
In 2022, UK researchers reported a 43 per cent reduced incidence of prostate cancer in men eating a vegetarian or vegan diet, compared to meat eaters. A 2021 US study also linked a lower risk of fatal prostate cancer with eating more plant foods; another found that men with early prostate cancer who ate a Mediterranean diet had a reduced risk of their cancer progressing.