If you want to help reduce your risk of prostate health problems, then be sure to eat a high-fiber diet. That’s the basic message from a study recently published online in Prostate Cancer in which investigators evaluated the diets of more than 1,900 African American men and European American men and found that low fiber intake may increase prostate health risk.
This study is not the first to explore a relationship between fiber in the diet. In 2007, results of the large NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study, which involved nearly 500,000 men and women, concluded that “whole-grain consumption was associated with a modest reduce risk” of colorectal cancer.
Evidence that fiber is helpful has been elusive. In a 2011 study, experts evaluated the diets of 26,691 men aged 50 to 64 who had participated in the study and were followed up for an average of 12.4 years. The authors concluded that “higher intakes of total or specific whole-grain Products are not associated with risk of prostate [health] in a population of Danish middle-aged men.”
New Fiber and New Study
Now a new study provides some evidence of an association between fiber intake and the higher risk. The study participants included 930 African Americans and 993 European Americans.