While many men don’t want to talk about learning about prostate health could save your life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer among American men, and the American Cancer Society estimates that more than 180,000 new cases are diagnosed in the United States each year. Moreover, the risk of developing prostate cancer progressively increases with age. About 60 percent of all prostate cancers in the United States are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older. It’s very important to work on healthy lifestyle when you’re younger to maintain the benefits as you age. “What can I eat to reduce my risk of developing prostate cancer?” This is one of the most common questions physicians hear from men concerned about prostate health.
New evidence suggests diet plays a key role
Because the prostate is a muscle, the best way to keep your prostate healthy is with a muscle-friendly diet and exercise. A balanced and healthy diet, and weight control all help maintain blood flow to the muscle and allows the prostate to function best. Texas A&M research has shown that sulforaphane, which is found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and kale, may inhibit the development of prostate cancer cells. Also, foods rich in selenium—such as wheat germ, tuna, shellfish, liver and kidney—are beneficial for your prostate. Studies have also suggested that soy can improve prostate health and lower the risk of prostate cancer.
Exercise and lose weight
If you are overweight, losing weight is one of the most important natural changes you can make in improving your prostate health. Exercising and losing weight are some of the best things you can do to promote prostate health. Many studies show that moderate or vigorous exercise reduces risk of BPH and urinary tract symptoms and helps with prostatitis as well. Exercise also benefits your cardiovascular health and can help prevent other health and sexual problems such as erectile dysfunction. On top of that, weight loss can reduce your risk for prostate cancer and help relieve prostatitis, too.
Be more sexually active
A recent Harvard study found that men with more frequent ejaculations had a 33 percent lower risk of prostate cancer compared with men who reported fewer ejaculations throughout their lifetimes. Two relatively large studies of this question, yielded good news for sexually active men: high ejaculation frequency seemed to protect against prostate cancer. Frequent use of the prostate through sexual activity may actually decrease the risk of prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer screening recommendations are different depending on whether you’re in a high-risk or an average-risk group. If you are in a high-risk group, you should consider getting screened for prostate cancer starting at age 40. Men who are at normal risk are encouraged to consider screenings starting at age 55.