by Sandeep Godiyal
September is the month that has been dedicated to making the world more aware of prostate cancer. This type of cancer is considered the sixth leading cause of death among males who have cancer. It is said that it is linked to family history, as well as age. There are certain predisposing factors that could increase a male’s risk of developing the said cancer. However, medical professionals say that simple changes in one’s diet can help a lot in reducing the chances of getting prostate cancer.
A diet that consists of high amounts of red meat and high-fat dairy products has been found to increase risk of prostate cancer.
What is the prostate?
The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system that is just about the size of a walnut. The urethra, the tube that carries semen and urine out of the body, passes through the prostate. The gland produces a fluid that is part of the semen, and this fluid also protects the sperm. The gland also plays another role in terms of controlling urine.
The symptoms of prostate cancer may be different for every man. However, there are certain symptoms that are quite common, such as frequent painful or difficult urination. There are also times when a man cannot urinate or may have blood in the urine. There is also stiffness or frequent pain at the lower back, upper thighs or hips. If these symptoms are prevalent for more than 2 weeks, a man should go see a doctor.
Life style Changes Men Need
Here are the different ways men can prevent the onset of prostate cancer:
Avoid eating red meat.
The Department of Oncology’s Head at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences said that men who eat more fatty products are more prone to developing prostate cancer. This is why he suggests that men need to cut down on oils, dairy products and red meat. Green tea is good.
There have been a lot of studies showing that men who drink green tea or are taking green tea extract have lower risks of developing prostate cancer.
Eat more greens.
Eating fats that come from plants is better than eating the ones from animals. One good example is using olive oil for cooking instead of butter, or using seeds or nuts instead of cheese.
Increasing one’s intake of vegetables and fruits has a lot of great benefits. Eating tofu, a food product that is created from soy beans, has also been found to help reduce the risk of getting prostate cancer. Like with all foods, you should look for organic, non-GMO tofu.
Change your diet.
It is said that age is one of the factors that people have no control over, but there are modifications that one can make in one’s diet to reduce the risk of developing the said cancer. Choosing to eat a healthy diet is the better choice. An example is eating a bowl of cereal with soy milk instead of cow’s milk. Adding more fish in the diet and greens like spinach may also help.
Avoid taking too much starch and sugar.
Starchy foods, such as white bread or rice, and sugary foods, such as candies and sodas, trigger inflammation in the body. A recent study showed that men who ate the most amounts of starchy and sugary foods had a 64 percent chance of getting an advanced form of prostate cancer.
These are five methods which males can use to help reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer. It is important to do the above recommendations in order to be healthier.