Do you know that over 70 percent of men diagnosed with prostate cancer are 65 years and older? Or that conditions such as prostatitis and benign prostatic hyperplasia, which can lead to prostate cancer, are not uncommon among men who are older than 50 years? From the above data, you may conclude that prostate cancer affects older men exclusively. Although prostate health tends to deteriorate with age, terminal diseases such as prostate cancer can develop at any time during a man’s life.
Certain groups of men are at a higher risk of contracting the disease because of their ethnicity (African Americans are at a higher risk for prostate cancer), heredity and elevated production of testosterone. While these factors are out of one’s control, diet and lifestyle certainly aren’t. These two factors play a big role in preventing, alleviating the symptoms and slowing down the growth of prostate cancer cells.
Dietary and lifestyle changes you need to consider if you are at risk of getting prostate cancer or you have the disease already are listed below.
High-fat diets are detrimental to the health of your prostate. Research studies have proven that high intake of saturated fats is connected to the growth of cancer cells within the prostate. Now is the time to say goodbye to fatty meats, cakes, margarine, fried foods, potato chips and any other high-fat foods. The equation is simple: processed foods are bad; organic produce which comes from the ground (vegetables, fruits, herbs, seeds, etc) is good if you want to protect your prostate. Choose oils for cooking and salad dressings which are good for you: olive oil, flax seed oil and canola oil. Instead of meat, eat fish. Substitute high-fat dairy products (yogurts, cheese and milk) with low-fat alternatives.
If you have decided to adopt a new prostate cancer diet, consuming soy products is essential. Soy contains substances called phytoestrogens. They slow down the growth of cancer cells and promote prostate health.
If there is a single group of vegetables you need to eat as part of your prostate cancer diet, it is tomatoes. They contain lycopene, a potent anti-cancer substance. It is also found in papaya fruit, apricots, watermelons and raspberries, although in lesser quantities. To ensure maximum absorption of lycopene, eat tomatoes after they have been cooked.
Pure pomegranate juice should also be a permanent fixture in your fridge. It’s full of phytochemicals that lower the values of prostate-specific antigens (PSA) in men who already have prostate cancer.
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