Is Diet Important in Controlling the Progression of CLL? | Transcript | Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia | Patient Power


Is Diet Important in Controlling the Progression of CLL?

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you.

Jeff Folloder:

Everyone asks this question: Is diet in controlling the progression of CLL?

Dr. Wierda:

So I think diet is important for everybody.  I'm conscious of my diet.  I think it's important to eat a well-balanced diet and to not be extreme or excessive with regard to any of your dietary or health practices in general.  There haven't been any diets—specific diets—that we recommend for patients with CLL that may affect their disease or their disease progression, so there aren't any special diets, any food, special food restrictions that we recommend for patients who have CLL that would make a difference in terms of their outcome.

There has been some data generated with green tea extract, which is referred to as EGCG or epigallocatechin, and that agent has been reported as reducing leukemia counts and perhaps delaying progression of the disease.  So that may be one dietary—one agent that has some tie into—into diet.

But otherwise there aren't really any special restrictions or recommendations that we make with regard to diet other than being sensible about your diet and weight and exercise and activity.  I think those are very important to maintain—your—a good exercise regimen activity level for your general health.                  

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you.

Advertisement
Join Our Community Register for Events Read Our Latest Blog
Advertisement

Page last updated on July 22, 2014