Prostate cancer: tips men need to know

It’s a vital part of the male reproductive system and many men cringe at the sound of having to get it checked. That’s right, we’re talking about the prostate gland. The prostate is usually only a topic of discussion when prostate cancer makes its way into a conversation, but before a man’s health gets to a life-threatening point, everyone needs to know the importance of caring for the prostate properly. It’s a lot easier, and painless, than you may think.

Here are a few quick tips on how to care for one of your most important organs.

Regular exercise not only keeps your body looking great, but it also helps to balance the hormonal levels within the body as well as many other chemicals. Research shows that men who participate in physical exercise reduce their risk of an enlarged prostate by 40 percent. All it takes is 90 minutes of rigorous exercise and you’re on your way to keeping your prostate healthy. Even if you don’t exercise that much, walking has been shown to decrease the risks of prostate cancer dramatically.

So get out there and walk!

Eat clean and healthy.
It is amazing what a little change in your diet can do for your overall health. Incorporating snacks that contain zinc and magnesium (these chemicals are needed to create the prostatic fluid that makes up the majority of seminal fluid).

If you really want to reduce your risk of prostate cancer, consider trying to:

Choose a low-fat diet. Foods that contain fats include meats, nuts, oils and dairy products, such as milk and cheese.

In some studies, men who ate the highest amount of fat each day had an increased risk of prostate cancer. While this association doesn’t prove that excess fat causes prostate cancer, reducing the amount of fat you eat each day has other proven benefits, such as helping you control your weight and helping your heart.

Eat more fat from plants than from animals.
In studies that looked at fat consumption and prostate cancer risk, fats from animals were most likely to be associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer. Animal products that contain fats include meat, lard and butter.

You might consider using plant-based fats instead of animal fats. For instance, cook with olive oil rather than butter. Sprinkle nuts or seeds on your salad rather than cheese.

Use healthy prostate supplements.
There are quite a few natural supplements on the market that help maintain prostate health and help regulate its growth. Do your research and talk to your doctor about your options before making a decision.

See your doctor regularly.
Most men aren’t as great at keeping up with doctor visits as women, but get over the fear of pain and make sure you see your regular physician often. Everything within your body may feel fine, but it is imperative that men seek out a professional opinion when it comes to the inner workings of their bodies. Taking the time to go through less than two minutes of discomfort can detect an issue early on and possibly save your life.
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