Preventing Prostate Cancer
While there are no guarantees in life, there are many factors that can predict or sway future outcomes. Two groups of things that affect the chances of getting prostate cancer for men. In the one group are factors that we cannot influence such as race, age, previous diet as well as environmental and associated risk factors.
However there is also a second group of behaviors we can modify to lessen the chance of getting prostate cancer which are related to living better, exercising, eating right and other health preserving strategies.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer found in men. Some of the main risk factors associated with getting prostate cancer include age, diet, race and family history. African American men have the highest risk of developing prostate cancer among the races. While it is not known why that is, speculation includes a lack of vitamin D along with other environmental and genetic issues. Since prostate cancer in Asian men living in Asia is less than prostate cancer rates of Asian men who have assimilated to western diets, diet is a proven contributing factor. Controlling diet in our daily lives will help lower the chances of getting the disease.
Vitamin D may protect against cancer and it can be obtained in the form of low fat dairy products or direct sunlight. Red wine may also be on the approved list when it comes to moderate amounts that are consumed. Some attribute this benefit to the chemical resveratrol found in grapes however you should minimize alcohol consumption. For better prostate health, avoid foods that are high in fat, like meats and dairy. Those foods can elevate testosterone levels which stimulate prostate cell enlargement and growth. Red meat always seems to be singled out when talking about foods that are not good for you with respect to getting cancer. Perhaps it is not even the red meat itself, but the hormones and other artificial means our food supply is treated with and packaged as that may contribute to them not being healthy to consume in large quantities. Processed sugars and fatty foods also can hasten cancer cell growth and aid the progression of the disease.
Other foods can help prevent prostate cancer and slow down the growth. You should increase your intake of soy – use it to replace high fat foods like red meats and cheese. Also increase your intake of zinc by eating foods like pumpkin seeds in the shell, oysters, nuts and beans. Also important for cell and body health is selenium which is found in tuna, eggs, shellfish, onions, garlic, mushrooms, wheat germ, herring, kelp, brazil nuts, sesame and sunflower seeds as well as cashews. Blueberries, brocolli and other types of fruits and veggies can carry high amounts of anti-oxidants which can help fortify the immune system.
Some of the best ways to mitigate some of the risk factors is to practice the obvious healthy living factors such as quitting smoking, drinking in moderation, proper exercise and good nutrition. Getting enough sleep as well since it helps with stress levels and allows the body to rest and recharge.
Maintaining healthy body weight, getting exercise and eating right is a very generic but effective strategy to cut down the risk of contracting many different diseases including prostate cancer. Exercise helps improve circulation and blood flow to the prostate gland. It also aids the body to digest foods better including the removal of waste. Regular exercise also helps to keep the weight off. If you are overweight, a healthy diet is in order since obesity leads to an increased risk of disease.
After doing all that can be done to eat and live better, it is still wise to get regular exams at the doctor’s office and catch any situation with the prostate early. Men that have been diagnosed with prostate cancer should speak to their urologists after doing research on available treatment options. In addition to traditional options like surgery and radiation, there are alternative treatments including chemotherapy, hormone therapy, cryotherapy, brachytherapy and high intensity focused ultrasound or HIFU. HIFU is a non-invasive technique with less significant side effects including incontinence and impotency.
Regardless of treatment option, health living and eating right is best for prevention and slowing down the disease.