Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancers in elderly men and is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths.
However, by making changes to your lifestyle, you can bring ѕоmе imрrоvеmеnt tо уоur prostate hеаlth. Here are 5 simple things you can do to try help prevent prostate cancer.
If you look at the pack of a cigarette, you may read this label “smokers are liable to die young”. Smoking not only puts you at risk of having prostate cancer, but it is strongly associated with aggressive cancers – medically called metastatic cancers (Jack Cuzick, 2015). The heavier your smoking is, the more at risk you are of having not just prostate cancer, but many other types of cancer including lung cancer. So, if you are a smoker, now is a good time to look for a smoking cessation program to help you quit.
Hit the gym
Too much time on the couch is a leading cause of prostate cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, not being active is a key factor that can increase a person’s cancer risk. It fact, it is estimated that about 20% of all cancers are related to obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.
A combination of high fats especially from animal sources and low physical activity has been linked to increased body mass index which has been linked to prostate cancer. So, get your jugging boots or hit the gym.
Eat those tomatoes and veggies
Tomatoes, carrots and other red vegetables contain the substance lycopene. Lycopene a vitamin A derivative has very strong links to the prevention of prostate cancer. Studies show a quite complex association between vitamin A and prostate cancer prevention.
The point is that take vitamin A from plant sources, not animal sources, and though many people would not like this – processed tomato paste is actually better than fresh tomatoes in preventing prostate cancer because processed tomatoes contain cis-lycopene which is more readily absorbed than trans-lycopene in fresh tomatoes (Venugopal, 2008). Some veggies, in general also contain selenium, and vitamin E which can prevent prostate cancer
Take Up Yoga
Yoga has been regarded as very beneficial for men battling prostate disease.
It has been noted as especially beneficial for prostate cancer recovery.
A new study suggests that doing yoga twice a week may improve the quality of life for men being treated for prostate cancer and may help to reduce the side effects of radiation, which include fatigue, sexual dysfunction, and urinary incontinence.
Sеriоuѕlу, ѕtrеtсhing iѕ a lot more important fоr уоur bоdу than уоu might think and it is a vеrу relaxing way to stay in ѕhаре.
Drink some green tea
Green tea contains epigallocatechin which many studies show that it can prevent prostate cancers. There is also a very low incidence of prostate cancer among Asians who drink green tea regularly (Venugopal, 2008).
In the first ever human trial study into green tea extract presented in Anaheim at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting April 16, 2005, it was found that: “A supplement containing antioxidants equal to 12 cups of green tea was 90 percent effective in preventing prostate cancer in men at high risk for the disease.”
The Italian study found after a year of taking the daily supplement, only one man in a group of 32 high-risk patients actually developed the disease, while only 9 men in a group of 30 high-risk men who took a placebo developed prostate cancer.
Changing your regular routine can be difficult, but by making healthier lifestyle choices, your road to prostate health will be that much easier.
D Mazhar, J. W. (2002). Prostate cancer. Postgraduate Medical Journal, 590-595. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/pmj.78.924.590
Jack Cuzick, P. P. (2015). Prevention and Early Detection of Prostate Cancer. Lancet Oncol, e484–e492. doi:10.1016/S1470-2045(14)70211-6
Nordqvist, C. (2017, November Mon 27). Prostate cancer in detail. Retrieved from Medical News Today: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/150086.php
Venugopal, H. K. (2008). Strategies for prostate cancer prevention: Review of the literature. Indian J Urol, 295–302. doi:10.4103/0970-1591.42608
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