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Prostate cancer: nutrition and exercise across the continuum.  Dr Brenton Baguley PhD, APD

In Australia and New Zealand prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men. Being diagnosed and going through treatment for prostate cancer can be a confronting and upsetting experience. Brenton describes the significant role dietitians have in working with men with prostate cancer. He explains the prostate cancer continuum, the various treatment options depending on the severity of the disease (surveillance, surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and androgen deprivation therapy) and the specific nutrition impacts of each treatment regime. For example, androgen deprivation therapy results in:

  • Body composition changes (loss of muscle and increased adiposity)
  • Increased rates of cardiovascular disease
  • Insulin resistance
  • Reduction in bone density

Globally, men die on average six years earlier than women, and for reasons that are largely preventable. We need to be able to engage men to take action to live healthier, happier and longer lives.

Dr Brenton Baguley is an Accredited Practising Dietitian & Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics at Deakin University. Brenton is a member of the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) cancer research group at Deakin University, and completed his PhD in January 2019 investigating the utility of nutrition and exercise interventions in men with prostate cancer at the University of Queensland. Brenton’s research focuses on improving disease- and treatment-related symptoms for cancer survivors through nutrition and exercise interventions.

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