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What Are The Best Ways To Prevent Prostate Cancer?

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‍Prostate cancer is common in men and one of the leading causes of death worldwide. It affects one in every six men, and its prevalence is increasing. However, you can take several measures to prevent prostate cancer or reduce your risk of getting it. Those men who keep a healthy lifestyle and consume an adequate amount of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are less prone to developing this illness. 

Men who maintain healthy body weight and get regular physical activity are also at lower risk. What's more, reducing stress and maintaining an optimistic outlook on life have been shown to positively affect the risk of contracting prostate cancer. Here we look at ways to prevent prostate cancer that you may not have known about before.

 

Prostate cancer: risk factors

  • Age. Approximately 60% of all prostate cancer diagnoses are made in men aged 65 and over.
  • Genetics. African-American men had the most significant incidence of prostate cancer in the United States, followed by Caucasian, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Asian/Pacific Islander males.
  • Diet. A high-fat, low-fruit, and vegetable diet raises the risk of prostate cancer.
  • Environment. Exposure to some industrial chemicals also raises the risk.
  • A family tree. A person's chance of acquiring prostate cancer is more than doubled if their father or sibling has had it.

 

Stay away from red and processed meat

Red meat (beef, lamb, and pork) and processed meat have certain compounds that promote the growth of cancer cells. To decrease the risk of developing prostate cancer, keep your intake of red meat and processed meat to a minimum and have healthier alternatives, like fish and poultry. Omega-3 fatty acids, abundant in fish, have been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and a boosted immune system.

 

Exercise regularly

Regular exercise is also known to reduce your risk of developing prostate cancer. During exercise, the body fights the harmful compounds causing cancer. Physical activity also boosts cardiorespiratory fitness and psychological well-being and improves life expectancy.

 

Eat lots of fruits and vegetables

Eating lots of fruits and vegetables helps your body build immunity. These foods are highly antioxidants, which can eliminate unstable molecules called free radicals. Some studies reveal that consuming broccoli, sprouts, and Brussels can reduce prostate cancer risk. Other research suggests that tomatoes, peppers, grapes, and apples may also reduce the risk of developing this disease.

 

Get enough sleep

It is unclear why less than seven hours of sleep increases the risk of prostate cancer. Still, it may be because sleep deprivation increases your levels of cortisol. This hormone promotes the growth of cancer cells. Improve your sleeping cycle. If you have trouble falling asleep, you can try taking a warm bath or reading a book, or you may listen to calming music before bed.

 

Maintain a healthy weight

According to the latest research, obesity is linked to prostate cancer. Being overweight or obese may increase estrogen levels, which can promote the growth of prostate cancer cells. On the other hand, maintaining a healthy weight may reduce your risk of contracting prostate cancer. You can reduce the risk of prostate cancer by maintaining a nutritious diet, regular physical activity, and a healthy weight.

 

Avoid exposure to UV rays

Increased exposure to UV radiation has also been connected to the development of prostate cancer. You may lower your chance of acquiring this condition by applying sunscreen and protecting your skin while exposed to the sun.

 

Elevate Your Vitamin D Levels

The vast majority of individuals worldwide are deficient in vitamin D. Among other things, it offers protection against prostate cancer. Wild salmon, dried shiitake mushrooms, and cod liver oil are all excellent sources of vitamin D. Numerous authorities advise daily sun exposure for at least 10 minutes (without sunscreen) due to the sun's superiority as a source of vitamin D. Vitamin D pills are commonly suggested by doctors. However, you should consult your doctor before taking any vitamin or supplement.

 

Do not stop engaging in sexual activity

In two separate investigations, males who ejaculated more frequently (with or without a partner) were shown to have a reduced risk of prostate cancer. Even though research is still in its infancy, a school of thought holds that ejaculating helps rid the body of inflammatory chemicals.

 

Limit your alcohol intake

Men who consume more alcoholic beverages daily have an increased risk of acquiring prostate cancer than men who do not use alcohol—limiting your alcohol use, especially if you have a positive family history of prostate cancer.

 

Eat fresh always!

Fresh fruit is an essential element of a healthy diet. It may also reduce your chances of developing prostate cancer. Research suggests people who eat the most fruit, particularly citrus, slightly reduce their risk of prostate cancer.

Here are some citrus fruits to consider trying:

  • oranges/ grapefruit / lemons
  • limes/tangerines
  • Yuzu
  • mandarin oranges, and
  • kumquats

It's crucial to remember that grapefruit might interact with some medications. If you are on prescription drugs and are unclear if you may have grapefruit, see your doctor first.

 

Consume Soybeans and tea

In a 2014 study, isoflavones were linked to a decreased risk of prostate cancer.

The following foods contain isoflavones:

  • tofu (soybean curd) and other soy products
  • lentils, chickpeas, alfalfa sprouts peanuts
  • Green tea. 

A meta-analysis published in 2017 investigated the conclusions of ten research. It was discovered that each additional cup of green tea consumed daily reduced prostate cancer prevalence. More than seven cups per day were connected with a lower risk of prostate cancer.

 

Pour yourself another cup of coffee

Many of us appreciate a good cup of coffee in the morning. But did you know that developing a coffee habit is associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer? A meta-analysis published in 2014 indicated that consuming up to five cups of coffee daily can reduce your overall risk of prostate cancer and the risk of deadly and high-grade prostate cancer. Meanwhile, a second meta-analysis published in 2014 found that the chance of dying from prostate cancer decreased by roughly 11%.

Prostate cancer and coffee have a dose-response association, according to this study. The effect on prostate cancer varies with the amount of coffee consumed. However, men who drink coffee occasionally may not feel these benefits.

Caffeine, in large dosages, can induce adverse effects such as upset stomach, increased heart rate, and difficulty sleeping. According to FDA, no more than 400 milligrams of caffeine or five cups of brewed coffee should be consumed.

 

How do you consume coffee?

How coffee is made may also play a role. A 2015 research in Norway compared filter coffee against boiling coffee, which does not employ a filter. Men who drank boiling coffee had a decreased risk of prostate cancer than men who drank coffee in another manner or not at all.

Cancer-fighting compounds include cafestol and kahweol. According to the researchers, these compounds are retained when coffee passes through a paper filter. These cancer-fighting compounds may remain in your regular drink if you boil them.

 

Quit smoking

Most research establishes a link between smoking and prostate cancer. However, more study is needed to understand better how smoking may impact the risk of prostate cancer.

It's not too late to give up. Both studies found that those who had quit smoking before their diagnosis had a considerably decreased chance of mortality compared to current smokers.

 

Conclusion

Prostate cancer is common in men, and it is essential to prevent it. There may be alternative risk-reduction options, such as medicines, for people with a very high prostate cancer risk. Get medical help from primary care provider if you have an increased risk of prostate cancer.

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