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Am J Mens Health. 2011 Mar;5(2):177-87. doi: 10.1177/1557988310379152. Epub 2010 Aug 26.

Men, food, and prostate cancer: gender influences on men's diets.

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Food, Nutrition, and Health, University of British Columbia, 2205 East Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6T 1Z4.


Although healthy eating might enhance long-term survival, few men with prostate cancer make diet changes to advance their well-being. Men's typically poor diets and uninterest in self-health may impede nutrition interventions and diet change. Food choice behavior is complex involving many determinants, including gender, which can shape men's health practices, diets, and prostate cancer experiences. Developing men-centered prostate cancer nutrition interventions to engage men (and where appropriate their partners) in promoting healthy diets can afford health benefits. This article presents an overview and synthesis of current knowledge about men's food practices and provides an analysis of diet and diet change behaviors for men with prostate cancer. Masculinity and gender relations theory are discussed in the context of men's food practices, and suggestions for future applications to nutrition and prostate cancer research and diet interventions are made.

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