This month we have talked a lot about how women can decrease their risk of breast cancer, but today we shift to men, with word of two recent large studies showing that if men follow at least five recommendations regarding diet and lifestyle, they will significantly reduce their risk of prostate cancer.
Except for skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most frequent cancer in men. One in every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime.
The first research study, presented at the European Cancer Congress in September, involved nearly 46,000 men followed for 25 years, and the results showed a 39% lower risk of prostate cancer if the men followed at least five of the following recommendations. A similar smaller study of 21,000 men showed even a more impressive 47% reduction.
Here are the six recommendations in summary form, followed by a few more recommendations that likely also help, though they were not part of these studies.
1) Don’t smoke.
2) Reduce intake of processed red meats, such as cold cuts, sausages, bacon, and hot dogs.
3) Eat more tomatoes, especially cooked tomatoes, or tomato sauces. Cooked tomatoes liberate more of the antioxidant lycopene, which is thought to be the main anti-cancer factor.
4) Eat more fatty fish. Salmon is the best choice, and try to find fish from non-contaminated water sources if you can.
5) Exercise regularly.
6) Keep your weight within reason; maintain a Body Mass Index (BMI) below 30. Excessive fat cells in our bodies liberate inflammatory factors which may provoke cancers to develop.
And here are some other factors that have been studied and found to be helpful for men to reduce their risk, but were not part of these two studies:
7) Have regular orgasms. Men who have more than 21 orgasms per month were shown to have a 30% lower risk of prostate cancer than men having seven or less per month. It seems that a regular “clearing out” of the prostate is beneficial.
8) Drink several cups of coffee per day. Coffee, full of anti-oxidants, has anti-cancer properties, as well as helps lower the risk of dementia and other neurologic diseases.
9) Avoid trans-fatty acids. Found in many commercial baked goods, these worst-of-all fats lead to a higher level of inflammation in your body, and significantly raise your risk of heart attack.
So there you are! The more of these things you do, the lower your risk of developing this type of cancer. Good luck!
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