We all know that a healthy diet is so important to our overall health. This includes eating and drinking lots of fruit and fruit juices, like Indian River Select® Brand Juices. So don’t forget to stock up the next time you’re at the grocery store.
September is the National Prostate Cancer Awareness month and an apt time to remind ourselves of how we can prevent this disease, which is the second leading cause of cancer death in men.
The first step in preventing any disease is to reduce its risk factors. Advancing age, being an African American and having a family history of a father or brother with prostate cancer are some of the factors that make a man more likely to be among the 29,000 who die of this disease each year. Unfortunately, age, race and family history cannot be changed.
Lifestyle factors can however be changed to lower a man’s risk. This is postulated from the fact that the chances of developing cancer of the prostate increase substantially from 2% when men living in rural China move to the West. This increase has been attributed to changes in their diet.
Eating fatty fish like tuna, salmon and herring is one dietary modification that can help you prevent this disease. Studies suggest that they offer this protection because they contain omega 3 fatty acids.
Research has also linked a high fat intake to an increased risk of prostate cancer. Therefore ensure that your prostate cancer prevention diet is also low in fats, especially those obtained from red meat and dairy products like milk and cheese.
Tomatoes have also been shown to prevent cancer of the prostate especially if they are cooked with olive oil. Olive oil and other plant-based foods should also be consumed liberally since some studies have shown that men who ate the most dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt had the highest risk of prostatic carcinoma.
Another reason that you should reduce your intake of these calcium rich dairy products is the fact that men trying to reduce their risk of this cancer are advised to ensure that they do not ingest more than 1,500 mg of calcium each day.
Finally, in addition to modifying your diet, ensure that you get yearly rectal examinations and PSA tests because if the diagnosis is made early, the five year survival rate of prostate cancer is almost 100 percent.
Written by: Marian Kim, FizzNiche Staff Writer