6 Ways to Prevent Prostate Cancer.
1. Drink Green Tea
Men living in Japan have some of the lowest rates of prostate cancer in the world; but Japanese men living in the U.S. have about the same prostate cancer rates as other men. That means that something about the Japanese lifestyle is prostate friendly. There are a lot of factors that play into this. They have a low obesity rate, they eat a lot of fish, they manage stress well, they walk more than men in the U.S., and they have a diet low in processed foods. One thing that stands out though is their high consumption of green tea.
Men living in Japan often drink about 10 cups of green tea per day. Research shows that green tea, which is very high in powerful antioxidants, can slow the growth of human prostate cancer. So if you want to make an important difference in your prostate health, trade in your daily coffee and soda for some green tea or take a green tea supplement.
2. Get Moving
Exercise is one of the most important ways to prevent prostate cancer. The research on exercise and prostate cancer shows that exercise can make a big difference in preventing prostate cancer and reducing the risk for aggressive prostate cancer.
Exercise is also good for overall longevity. Researchers from several top universities found that men who did at least three hours per week of vigorous physical activity (like jogging, playing tennis, cycling, and swimming) had a 61% lower risk for dying from prostate cancer.
A doctor at the Duke University Prostate Center and the VA Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, evaluated 190 men who had biopsies for possible prostate cancer. After the doctor looked at the results and accounted for the patients’ age, weight, race, body mass index, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level, and several other factors, he found that the men who exercised the equivalent of three to six hours of walking per week were two-thirds less likely to have their biopsy result be positive for prostate cancer. The risk for aggressive prostate cancer went down with movement as well. Men who exercised the equivalent of only one to three hours of walking each week had an 86 % lower risk of having an aggressive form of prostate cancer. Now that’s motivating.
Exercise has other health benefits for men as well. Exercising regularly helps fight obesity, which is another risk factor for prostate cancer. Exercise also encourages better prostate health beyond prostate cancer. It helps prevent and relieve other prostate conditions such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostatitis. Exercise also promotes better cardiovascular health and helps relieve stress.
3. Eat Cancer-Killing Foods
What you choose to put in your body can make a difference in preventing prostate cancer. You can make a difference by consuming foods and nutrients that are known to have anticancer properties. There are many natural cancer killers you can eat or take in supplement form to support your own body’s immunity and inhibit the growth of cancer cells. The top cancer fighters include lycopene (an antioxidant in tomato products) green tea, turmeric/curcumin, vitamin D, pomegranate, asian mushrooms, cruciferous vegetables, cayenne, and more. You should replace animal fats with heart-healthy oils such as those found in olives, nuts, seeds, and avocados.
4. Eat More Fatty Fish
Eating oily fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids once a week may reduce your risk for prostate cancer by 63%. Look for fish and seafood such as wild salmon (avoid farmed fish), tuna, herring, anchovies, and oysters. Fish containing omega-3 fatty acids are among the top 5 foods for men over 40.
5. Avoid Foods That Cause Cancer
Knowing what to eat is important, but knowing what to not to eat is also important. Keep cancer-causing substances out of your body. You can drink gallons of pomegranate juice, but it is not going to make any difference if you are using it to wash down unhealthful foods like French fries, doughnuts, and bacon. Avoid eating red meat, processed meat, and well-done meat cooked at high temperatures (which can cause carcinogens to form).
Fried foods are particularly harmful to prostate health as well as to maintaining a healthy weight. Avoid milk and dairy products. You should also be aware of chemicals in your food. While processed tomatoes are very good your for prostate, the bisphenol-A (BPA) found in the lining of cans are not. The BPA from the can lining can leach into tomatoes. This chemical may be associated with an increased risk of cancer and other male health problems.
6. Manage Stress
Many experts say that stress may play a role in the formation of cancer because it triggers an immune system response that can initiate uncontrollable cell mutation. The mind has an amazing power to affect your immune system. It is important to find ways to manage your stress to protect your health and prevent prostate cancer. Figure out what activities reduce your stress level, and do them regularly. You might find meditation to be effective, while others may prefer working out, going for a run, doing yoga, or even practicing tai chi. Stress also affects your whole-body health, so learning to manage it is good for more than just your prostate.
Get Your Prostate Checked
In addition to following the above easy 6 ways to prevent prostate cancer, you should also get screened for prostate cancer by getting a prostate exam and a PSA test. Also, get to know your own risk factors for prostate cancer. If you have a family history of prostate cancer or are African American, you should check checked at an earlier age than other men. Talk to your doctor about when you should start getting screened for prostate cancer because certain factors put you at an increased risk for aggressive prostate cancer. Detecting and treating prostate cancer early will give you the best chance of beating this disease. Even if you do find out that you have prostate cancer, it will be more important than ever to keep exercising, eating well, and managing your stress.