Low Protein Intake During Pregnancy Raises Progeny’s Risk of Future Prostate Cancer, Rat Study Finds

Low Protein Intake During Pregnancy Raises Progeny’s Risk of Future Prostate Cancer, Rat Study Finds
Consumption of a low-protein diet during pregnancy and breastfeeding may increase the risk of male offspring developing prostate cancer later in life, a rat study suggests. The study, “Maternal Low-Protein Diet Impairs Prostate Growth in Young Rat Offspring and Induces Prostate Carcinogenesis With Aging,” was published in The Journals of Gerontology: Series A. The team of researchers at São Paulo State University's Bioscience Institute (IBB-UNESP) in Brazil previously showed, along with others, that intrauterine exposure to a low-protein diet impairs prostate development in male rats early in life. Their latest study shows that a low intake of protein extends negative effects beyond the progeny’s early days, increasing their chances of developing prostate cancer as they age. Researchers performed experiments in laboratory rat models. Pregnant females were fed a diet with only 6% protein, much lower than their normal diet of 17% to 23% protein. Females were divided into three groups: a control group fed the standard diet during pregnancy and lactation, a group fed the low-prot
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