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Prostate Cancer Prevention and Maintenance of Prostate Health

Nothing can guarantee prostate cancer prevention through diet, treatment, behavior, or medicine. The best weapons you can arm yourself with are awareness of prostate cancer and prostate health. Some lifestyles, eating habits, and dietary supplements have been linked to lower levels of prostate cancer, as well as other types of cancers.

There is no evidence that links exercise to a lower risk of prostate cancer; however, there is evidence that links exercise to better prostate health. Prostate cancer, however, is linked to obesity, possibly because cancerous prostate cells are fueled particularly well by fat. Exercise improves overall physical and mental well-being, so many doctors endorse getting at least 30 minutes of exercise per week. Other doctors advise you to do what feels good for your body, so if you need to exercise more, then exercise more. Other studies indicate that regular exercise increases the flow of oxygen to the soft tissues of the body and helps to stabilize glucose levels in the bloodstream. High glucose levels may fuel prostate cancer cells, much in the same way that fat seems to.

Healthy Prostate Diet
High-fat and low-fiber diets in addition to obesity seem to contribute to a higher risk of prostate cancer as well as higher rates of recurrent prostate cancer. Some researchers theorize that higher levels of body fat can stimulate the production of androgens, male hormones which stimulate the prostate cell production. Other researchers believe that cancerous prostate cells will thrive when fed with fat, especially the kind of fat found in red meat and dairy products: saturated fats. Omega-3 fatty acid is a poly-unsaturated fat which is known as the “heart-healthy” fats. Omega-3 fatty acids decrease unhealthy fatty compounds found in the body. Larger quantities of the omega-3 fatty acids are found in soy, flaxseed, and fish oils. Incidentally, countries whose diets base their protein on fish (rather than red meat) have much lower rates of prostate cancer.

Soy products have also been found to decrease the process angiogenesis, which is how cancerous cells create blood vessels that allow them to move to other parts of the body. Tofu is no longer the only food available that contains soy, though the high-sodium soy sauce is not one of them. Soy milk in original chocolate or vanilla, soy creamers, soy yogurts, soy ice creams, and tofu burgers and sausages that mimic the taste of meat are more commonly stocked in grocery stores today. Silken tofu or soy powder can be added to baked goods or drinks.

Green tea, red grapes, grape juice, and red wine appear to contain anti-oxidants that can neutralize cancer-causing agents within the body. Green tea, however, contains vitamin K, which can act as blood thinner in large amounts. Lycopene, found in tomatoes, and beta-carotene may be beneficial in protecting the body from prostate cancer. Some doctors, however, caution against relying solely on tomatoes or carrots. Eating a large variety of fresh fruits and vegetables benefits the body and may boost the body’s cancer fighting abilities.

Prostate Health Supplements
You may have heard in the news about vitamin E as well as selenium being linked to a drastically decreased risk of prostate cancer. You should not, however, start any large does of vitamins or minerals without first consulting your doctors. What many news reports may have omitted was that the studies of vitamin E and selenium seem to benefit those who were originally deficient in either, or who were prior smokers. Some doctors suggest that those who eat a well-balanced diet and take an inexpensive multi-vitamin every day should already have sufficient levels of vitamin E and selenium in their bodies. It is also important to note that it is possible to overdose on supplements to the point where you can poison yourself. Some vitamins, such as vitamin C, are water-soluble, so excess vitamins are simply flushed out of the body. Other vitamins, such as vitamin E, can build up in the soft tissues of the body and thereby cause toxicity. Too much of a good thing can become a bad, so you should always talk to your doctor before starting supplements in addition to exercising moderation in your consumption of supplements.

Studies have also linked a daily regimen of aspirin, ibuprofen, and other anti-inflammatory drugs to lowered risks of prostate cancer. Before beginning a daily regimen of an anti-inflammatory, however, you should consult with your doctor because aspirin is sometimes prescribed as a blood thinner. The side-effects of long-term exposure to aspirin could outweigh its benefits. Also frequent use of aspirin has been associated with ulcers and stomach bleeding. Some doctors point out that aspirin is derived from willow bark, which contains salicylic acid and is also found in fruits and vegetables .




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