Promoting Prostate Gland Health

Did you know? Prostate Cancer is the single most prevalent cancer in the United States today. Prostate Cancer ranks #2 in cancer deaths behind only lung cancer in men. Fully one in every six men will develop prostate cancer during the course of their lifetimes, although the ratio of deaths/diagnoses is low.

Annually, more than 200,000 men are diagnosed and approximately 30,000 men die as a result of prostate cancer according to recent available data from 2007 and prior years show similar results (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).  Prostate cancer actually kills men at a greater rate (approximately 32-in-100,000) than breast cancer kills women (approximately 27-in-100,000).  These statistics are alarming.  Despite these numbers, you’ll be hard-pressed to find the same level of extensive prostate cancer awareness in the media and in the general public as you do for breast cancer.  Consequently, the research money and donations for prostate cancer awareness and treatment are significantly less than for breast cancer.  This needs to change.

Prostate cancer usually develops without any significant outward signs and over a long period of time.  Early prostate cancer detection is critical as it is easily treatable and patients can live a very long and productive life when it’s caught early.  The two most common ways prostate cancer is identified are through the digital prostate examination and/or a PSA blood test.

What can be done to promote a healthy prostate gland?

graphic courtesy of www.drdelany.com

There are many simple and often inexpensive ways that a person can promote a healthy prostate.  Preparing a healthy living environment devoid of the most obvious risk factors for prostate cancer is paramount.  Eliminating the use of tobacco products, healthy diet, and exercise are on the forefront of prostate health.  The earlier in life you move away from prostate cancer risk factors and towards a lifestyle that promotes a healthy prostate, the sooner you minimize your risks of acquiring this common form of cancer in men.  Further – no matter your age – it’s never too late.

ELIMINATE TOBACCO!

Your preventive measures must start with eliminating the use of tobacco from your life.  Stop smoking cigarettes, stop smoking cigars, and stop chewing tobacco.  The myriad of carcinogens in tobacco products dramatically increase your risk of all cancers, and that includes prostate cancer.

MAKE DIETARY CHANGES!

Your next best defense against prostate cancer rest with certain specific dietary changes.  Research indicates that a diet high in fat is one dietary risk factor for developing prostate cancer.  Countries whose primary dietary sources include lots of rice, vegetables, and soybean based products have lower prostate cancer diagnoses in the overall population.

Food with high lycopene content, such as tomatoes, carrots, baked beans, specific soups, even pizza can contain high amounts of lycopene.  If you check out the table at Dietbites.com – you’ll see that there are a wealth of excellent foods rich in lycopene.  You simply don’t have to sacrifice flavor or a lot of foods you more than likely will enjoy to help to prevent prostate cancer.

Incorporating more fish into your diet, fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, and mackeral (preferrably wild caught according to my doctor, but farm-raise is still okay) will provide you with critical omega-3 fatty acids EPA & DHA).

Get your fiber!  You can make things like oats, wheat, bran, whole grains, carrots, beans and the like into tasty meals and sides.

Drink green tea every single day.

Avoid bad fats which will include saturated fats and trans fats.

ADD MULTI-VITAMINS AND OTHER SUPPLEMENTS!

From the website of Richard M. Delany M.D. F.A.C.C come the following recommendations:

(a) A Mixed Vitamin E (tocopherols) Supplement. Choose a vitamin E supplement that is made up of predominantly gamma tocopherol with lesser amounts of alpha, beta and delta tocopherol Two good sources include: Vitamin E Factor: MaxiGamma: www.yasoo.com or Cardi-E: www.tyler.com.

(b) An Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplement . Choose a fish oil supplement containing 500-1000 mg of combined EPA + DHA. Two good sources include: # 2 PRO EPA capsules daily www.nordicnaturals.com or Mighty Bites Liquid Fish Oil: 1-2 teaspoonfuls daily www.kidsneedusnow.com.

(c) A Selenium Supplement. Choose a small amount (less than 200 mcg) of selenium daily. The best source is yeast-derived selenium in Lycomato Plus www.healthyorigins.com.

(d) Lycopene . Choose foods rich in lycopene such as tomatoes and/or choose a supplement with lycopene. The best source is a tomato-based lycopene. www.healthyorigins.com

(e) Beta-Sitosterol. Choose a small amount (300 mg ) of a specific plant phytosterol, beta sitostero. One of the best sources is Beta Prostate. www.betaprostate.com.

3. Drink Green Tea Daily. Consider consuming 2 to 4 cups of green tea daily.

4 . Obtain Adequate Vitamin D via sunlight or by food ( milk ) or via a daily multiple vitamin which contains 700 IU of Vitamin D.

These suggestions and recommendations will not leave you suffering with bland foods that lack the taste and enjoyment you’re probably accustomed to having regularly. The upside in terms of helping to prevent prostate cancer are significant and cannot be overstated.

Remember, you are responsible for your own overall health and well-being, men.  For you women out there with with male loved-ones in your life, direct them here to learn more about how they can help to reduce their risk of prostate cancer.

When you see just how simple changes in your life and can help keep the #2 killer cancer among men at bay, it’s hard not to share this news with everyone.  Help us help everyone raise the awareness about prostate cancer and start working harder to save the men we all know and love.

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