Many men experience prostate problems as they get older and it's of vital importance to watch for signs of prostate cancer, the second most common form of cancer in men. Fortunately, there are a number of preventative measures that can reduce your risk of developing prostate cancer, including dietary and lifestyle changes. Here's a look at some of those measures.
Maintain A Balanced Diet
One of the most important things you can do to have a healthy prostate and reduce your risk of developing prostate cancer is to have a balanced diet. The following tips can serve as a guide:
Ditch Grains And Opt For More Fruits And Vegetables
Ditch bread and pasta. Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
Limit Salt Intake
Avoiding packaged or canned foods can make a huge difference in cutting back on how much sodium you consume. Go fresh instead.
Choose Protein Wisely
Instead of getting your protein through the consumption of red meat, choose fish with high levels of omega-3 acids, such as salmon and tuna. These foods will also help your heart and immune system.
Smoking is damaging to practically every organ in your body, so it's no surprise that it can increase your prostate cancer risk.
Maintain A Healthy Weight
Being overweight can contribute to variety of health problems and put you at a greater risk for cancer. Reduce the number of calories you take in on a daily basis, while increasing your amount of exercise. It's helpful to watch portion sizes, eat slowly, and stop eating when you feel satiated, not stuffed.
Get Regular Exercise
Exercising regularly can reduce your risk of developing certain types of cancers, but also the risk of other serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke and depression. Studies have also shown that regular exercise is beneficial in keeping your prostate healthy. Your goal should be to exercise for 30 minutes a day, several days a week. Even low to moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, is good for your prostate health.
Get Regular Prostate Screenings
People who are considered to be in a high-risk group for getting prostate cancer are encouraged to begin screenings at age 40. This group would include African-Americans, people of Scandinavian descent, and those who have a family history of prostate cancer. If you're considered a normal risk, then you should consider getting screenings starting at age 55.
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