Information on Prostate Health
This article is to inform the public about prostate health. Prevention is always the best medicine for any health condition. The public should be aware of current news about the outcome of clinical studies for drugs that pertain to a medical condition that may affect their health.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Numerous research studies have shown a clear association between obesity and the development of prostate cancer. Scientists are not sure as to why this association exists, but it clearly does. Prostate cancer is more common in obese or overweight men. With rates of obesity climbing higher each year, this has become the most important lifestyle-related issue for men concerned about prostate cancer. In addition, obese men have higher rates of surgical complications, experience more problems with radiation treatments, and have lower survival rates than normal weight men. Antioxidants act to destroy free radicals in the body that have been shown to change normal cells into cancerous cells. Studies have shown that increasing the amount of tomatoes and tomato-based foods also has positive effects on men who already have prostate cancer. Men who eat diets that include a great deal of red meat have been found to have higher rates of prostate cancer. It is unclear as to why this is. Some scientists believe that men who eat red meat are ingesting higher levels of certain types of fat and fatty acids that may be harmful to the prostate. Others feel that grilling can add dangerous chemicals to the meat that raise a man’s risk of various cancers including prostate cancer. Still others feel that these men are simply cutting fruits and vegetables out of their diets in order to eat more meat and, thus, losing the benefits gained from these foods.
Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants and the right amount of fruits and vegetables should be included in a regular diet. It has been shown that men who eat 5-9 servings of fruit and vegetables per day have healthier hearts and lower rates of cancer than those who eat less. Tomatoes which are high in antioxidants particularly have been shown to lessen the risk of developing prostate cancer.
Regular exercise for at least 30 minutes at a time and at least 3 days per week is essential for prostate and total body health. Not only does regular exercise help you to maintain a healthy weight, it also has been shown that men who exercise regularly have overall lower rates of cancer, tolerate cancer treatments far better, and survive their cancer at higher rates. Lessening your risk of developing prostate cancer is not something that can be done overnight. One weekend of eating the right foods and exercising will not significantly change your chances of getting this disease. However, lifestyle modifications that are carried out through years are a whole different story. Fad diets, impossible exercise routines, and unrealistic expectations are not helpful in the long-term. Finding a diet and exercise plan that you can handle and then sticking to it for the long-term will provide the best results for prostate and total body health.