Movember Health: 5 Ways to Naturally Support Prostate Health
Nearly 10 percent of all men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. This number is astounding to me. What’s more, every year more than 6 million men visit the doctor over discomfort being caused by an enlarged prostate. So it’s no wonder that the prostate is a common focus when it comes to men’s health.
However, just because the risk of developing prostate cancer and other negative prostate symptoms increases as we age, that doesn’t mean men are without certain preventive measures.
There are a variety of proactive approaches that can help lower the chances of encountering prostate trouble with age. Here are five research-backed lifestyle habits that can help support prostate health for the long game.
5 Ways to Naturally Boost Prostate Health
1. Healthy Eating
When it comes to this area of men’s health, diet is one of the easiest ways to support prostate health.
In truth, there is still a lot to be learned about exactly which foods to consume or avoid, but scientists do agree that healthy eating patterns are critical in the fight for good prostate health.
A sound strategy will always be cooking more often and eating out less. It is also key to make sure to limit portion sizes, which are important to a healthy diet.
Focus on eating plenty of vegetables and fruits, opting for healthier sources of protein like fish, poultry, beans and eggs over red meats, is another very important step. Choosing whole-grain foods over their processed counterparts, and selecting healthy fats such as from olive oil, nuts and avocado are all excellent approaches as well. Then on the flip side, make sure to avoid consuming excess sugar, salt and processed foods.
When it comes to your health, you can never go wrong with a proper (and regular) exercise routine.
The same is true for your prostate health.
Numerous studies on the relationship between exercise and prostate support have found that men who exercise regularly, reduce their risk of prostate cancer. Aerobic and resistance exercises are thought to be the best options for boosting prostate health, but all exercise is beneficial. It’s best to simply identify the routine that works for you and your physical abilities before getting started.
3. Manage Stress
Stress is more than often viewed as a concern from a mental health perspective, but the more we learn about the impact of stress, the more we recognize that it has serious physiological effects as well.
For one, stress is synonymous with inflammation, and pelvic tension caused by stress, can then worsen urinary symptoms and pain. This, in turn, greatly affects the health of the prostate.
Finally, stress may also lower levels of zinc , a mineral that is believed to be important in maintaining good prostate health.
Take a moment to analyze your current stress levels and if you think they are too high, consider implementing some new stress management strategies or related natural supplements.
4. Maintain a Healthy Weight
Eating healthy, exercising more and even stress management, are all very helpful when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, which happens to be yet another strategy to reduce your risk of prostate complications.
Obesity has been linked to several different prostate issues , including prostate cancer.
Staying health conscience of your weight and maintaining this weight is another important component to the overall health of your prostate.
5. Avoid Tobacco
As someone who specializes in the field of tobacco cessation and research, I can assure you that avoiding tobacco is one of, if not the, most important things you can do for your health.
And while just about everyone already knows this fact, many people do not realize that tobacco use impacts nearly every system of the body — and the prostate gland is no exception.
Sadly, people who smoke are not only more likely to have a recurrence of prostate cancer, they also have a higher risk of dying from the disease.
Counseling services and medication are available to help people to quit smoking, which will not only promote better prostate health, but will result in improved overall health.
Pursue Lifelong Prostate Health
It’s true that in addition to the actions noted above, that there are different types of supplements and medications that may decrease your risk of developing prostate cancer.
That being said, there are serious drawbacks to medications and not all supplements are created equal.
Discussing options with your physician, particularly if you are taking additional medications or have other health concerns, is a wise approach.
More importantly, staying ahead of prostate trouble is key.
Familiarize yourself with the top warning signs of prostate trouble and stay abreast of the latest research on the topic.
There will undoubtedly be further learning in terms of what foods and habits may be particularly beneficial or damaging.
Finally, testing is especially important when it comes to identifying prostate cancer.
Make sure to know the difference between the total PSA test and the free PSA test and know that the American Cancer Society now recommends that men start being evaluated at age 40.
Prostate cancer is a serious matter and impacts millions of men, make sure that you play an active role in limiting your risk.
Derek Noland, MPH – Contributing Writer
Derek is a researcher, trainer, and community liaison at the Behavioral Health & Wellness Program at the University of Colorado, specializing in promoting health systems change and combating health disparities. Including his background as a technical writer and editor, he has over 15 years of experience working in the health care field. His past experience includes serving as a contributing author on several textbooks in the medical field, running a nuclear cardiology licensing course, and writing a variety of didactic pieces ranging from online training courses to medical software manuals. Personally, Derek pursues his passion for health and wellness by playing multiple sports, hiking, and running marathons, and through extensive travel, having visited or lived in over 60 countries.
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