Although prostate cancer is considered a deadly disease, over 2.5 million men in the USA who have been diagnosed with the condition, are actually still alive today. This is considered due to both its early detection, and the introduction of healthy life-style changes that many of these survivors have been forced to introduce on a daily basis.
Health experts believe that the life-style of an individual has much to do with the development of prostate cancer, although nobody really knows this for sure. However, it is considered highly likely that with dietary changes, and the introduction of regular exercise, the risk of developing the disease are reduced considerably.
By eating fiber-rich colorful fruits and vegetables that contain phytonutrients (natural chemicals that can be found in a variety of plant foods such as tomatoes [also called lycopene]) lower the risk of developing prostate cancer. These phytonutrients are also commonly found in fruits, such as: grapefruit (of the pink variety), papaya, and watermelon.
Other high in fiber-rich foods that should be considered for the prevention of prostate cancer, include: nuts, such as almonds, flax seeds (linseed), whole grain breads and cereals. All these foods tend to have the effect of helping remove excess hormones and toxins from the body’s system.
Findings published in the American Journal of Epidemiology show that by eating fish once or twice a week, can greatly reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer by between 34 and 40 percent, due to the fishes high content of omega-3 oil. The smaller fish variety are considered better to eat than the larger ones due to a lower degree of toxins being found within them.
Research also shows that an excessive intake of dairy products, where too much calcium and animal fats can also contribute to the greater risk of developing prostate cancer. As with red meats, although high in proteins, when eaten should be done so with moderation, as it’s over consumption has for a long time been associated with the higher risk of developing cancer in general.
Where gaps that may exist within the bodies nutritional status, the regular intake of a good quality multivitamin may be also considered. In general, good quality vitamins and minerals tend to help support the bodies immune system by helping it keep free from cancer. Also the regular intake of green tea has been associated with helping fight off cancer in general.
Regular exercise (usually considered to go hand-in-hand with a healthy diet) should also be carried-out. Activities, such as: walking, running, cycling, swimming and light gym workouts should all be considered as healthy and beneficial to the bodies organs when practiced. Yoga has also been linked to lowering the risk of developing prostate cancer, and should be considered where previously mentioned exercises are unable to be carried out for some reason.