A Mediterranean diet for prostate cancer patients on ADT improved fatigue, quality of life, weight control and lean body mass.
Cancer related fatigue (CRF) is a common occurrence in men on Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT). In a pilot study (1) from Deakin University, Geelong, Australia, researchers took 23 men with a mean age of 65.9 years; all were slightly overweight. Randomly assigned, they either had normal care or had 6 consultations with a Mediterranean Diet expert.
Measurements were taken after 8 and 12 weeks.
The colourful Mediterranean Diet, or Rainbow Diet, improved chronic fatigue symptoms, improved quality of life, reduced total body mass, improved lean mass and had zero adverse effects.
Safe and feasible, the researchers concluded this diet intervention offered prostate cancer survivors a real nutritional benefit over standard diet practices. A larger scale study is now planned.