Moma was right! Eat your vegetables and help your prostate.

Vegetable Intake May Reduce BPH

Urology – November 15, 2007 – Vol. 23 – No. 07

A diversity of plant-based foods are heart healthy and prostate healthy.

Article Reviewed: Fruit and Vegetable Consumption, Intake of Micronutrients, and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia in US Men. Rohrmann S, Giovannucci E, et al: Am J Clin Nutr; 2007; 85 (February): 523-529.

Fruit and Vegetable Consumption, Intake of Micronutrients, and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia in US Men.

Rohrmann S, Giovannucci E, et al:
Am J Clin Nutr; 2007; 85 (February): 523-529

Background: Heart disease and various urologic conditions are both based partially on a chronic inflammatory process. Nutrients in healthy foods may not only be heart healthy but also prostate healthy. Objective: To evaluate the impact of fruit, vegetable, and nutrient consumption on the risk of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Design/Methods: One of the largest prospective epidemiologic studies in the world is the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (HPFS). The average age of the men was 52.54 years, and every 2 years, the health status of the participants was determined by questionnaires and medical records for a period of >14 years. BPH cases were men who reported having surgery or who had an American Urologic Association symptom index (AUASI) of 15 to 35 (n=6092). Men without BPH (controls) had an AUASI score of >7 (n=18,373). Men with an AUASI of 8 to 14 were not included in this study (n=7800). Results: Intake of vegetables were significantly (P =0.03) and inversely correlated with BPH, with the highest consumption being associated with 11% reduction in risk. However, fruit intake was not associated with the risk of BPH. The most significant reduction in the risk of BPH was found for increasing vitamin C intake from food (P =0.009). Vitamin E intake from foods was not associated with the risk of BPH. Conclusions: A diet high in vegetable intake may lower the risk of BPH. Reviewer’s Comments: The highest intake of fruits and vegetables was almost 10 servings a day in this study! However, I find it most interesting that men with the highest intake of healthy foods also were less likely to smoke, more likely to drink in moderation, more physically active, and had the highest intake of dietary fiber per day.

In other words, this study sends two very important messages: (1) the sum of what one does in moderation provides a bigger benefit than one or two healthy behavioral changes in extreme, and (2) life is not about pomegranate versus tomato juice but a diversity of fruits and vegetables is the best behavioral method. The patient should pick what they like in terms of fruits and vegetables, and not what just looks good on the nightly news (Reviewer–Mark Moyad, MD, MPH).


Harvard weighs in on the Greenlight laser.

Key statement- TURP treatment declines.

It has been several years since Dr. McHugh has performed a TURP. It is an antiquated procedure considering the benefits of the GreenLight. He will elucidate further on the next post.

The GreenLight Laser Procedure is commonly performed in our urological ambulatory surgery center. Prostate surgery is recommended if a patient is not responding to prostate medicines or if there are unwanted side effects. Contact us 24/7 and will get back to you for an appointment. 

FAQ GreenLight Laser for Prostate Enlargement-Northeast Ga. Urololgy


Frequently Asked Questions

Is BPH a type of cancer?
Do I have to stay in the hospital after a GreenLightTM procedure?
Where is the procedure performed?
Will the GreenLightTM Laser Therapy treatment affect my sexual function?
How long before my symptoms improve?
Will I continue to need BPH medications after the GreenLightTM Laser Therapy treatment?
How soon can I return to work and other normal activities?
How long do the results last?
Is GreenLight™ Therapy covered by insurance?
How many GreenLightTM procedures have been performed?
Will I need to wear a catheter?
Will I have discomfort after the procedure?
Can I have a GreenLightTM Laser procedure if I’ve had previous enlarged prostate treatments or surgery?
My doctor has recommended that I have a TURP. Can I still have the GreenLightTMprocedure?
How do I know if I am a candidate for GreenLightTM?

 Is BPH a type of cancer?

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is not a type of cancer and it is not known to influence the risk of cancer.

The urologists of  Northeast Georgia Urological Associates commonly perform GreenLight Laser Prostatectomies in our accredited ambulatory surgery center.

Why? Because in most cases the procedure can be performed as an out patient, with minimal bleeding and limited need of a catheter.

If you hare having symptoms of BPH (prostate enlargement) leave your number below and we will call you with an appointment.