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How to Prevent Prostate Cancer?

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Prostate cancer is an extremely common type of cancer and a lot of men (especially those with first-order relatives affected by the disease) are at risk. There are several factors that may drastically change the probability of getting this types of cancer and this risk factors obviously determine the most optimal set of preventive measure available to a man. Managing your life style and ensuring that you do everything possible to postpone and even prevent the disease will significantly increase your life time!

Risk factors include a variety of issues including genetics, dieting, and life style. Other conditions and disease like gonorrhea also can negatively affect your chances of getting prostate cancer. Note that some risk factors do not depend on your actions and/or life style. There is no way to fix bad genetics or prevent specific cell mutations that happen no matter what we do. However, there are ways to reduce the impact of other manageable factors. So let’s see what you can do to prevent prostate cancer!

  1. Stop smoking!

Smoking tobacco is easily the most dangerous bad habit a man can have. The overall effect of this negative habit is hard to exaggerate. It is a deadly obsession that ruins your life and makes your organism weaker and vulnerable to an incredibly rich variety of health issues. However, there is a specific negative effect of smoking that makes prostate cancer that much more likely to occur in active smokers.

Smoking tobacco increases blood pressure and at some point corrupts your normal blood flow completely. This issue goes away within 4-6 months after you quit smoking. However, for many men the damage could have been done by the time they decide to quit. The issue is that men with high blood pressure have a significantly higher chance to get prostate cancer than those who do not have problems with blood pressure. Hypertension is a sure way to problems with prostate.

Quitting your bad habit of smoking is the best way to reduce the probability of cancer. This is especially important for younger men who are yet to hit the 30-year mark!

What’s important? Creating a balanced ration and ensuring that your nutrition plan has all necessary ingredients like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins, protein, and healthy carbohydrates. A balanced diet will lead to multiple good effects and every single one of them notably reduces your chances to develop prostate cancer and a whole bunch of other terrible diseases and health issues.

  • Preventing obesity. When your diet is thoroughly though-through, over-eating is quite hard. At the same time, eating lots of protein and less omega-6 fatty acids will somewhat change your metabolism and reduce catabolic processes. You will be less prone to obesity.
  • Slowing down negative processes. Some antioxidants and amino acids act as anticatabolics and antioxidants significantly slowing down some processes that may lead to faster aging and developing cancer. Eating a healthy mix of protein (both vegan and meaty) will allow you provide your body with all kinds of nutrients.
  • Getting enough vitamins. Any ration should include a broad array of products in order to provide your body with enough vitamins. One of the most important vitamin for preventing prostate cancer is vitamin D which is usually generated in our skin cells when they are exposed to the sunlight. However, modern life style does not allow us to produce enough vitamin D. Eating mushrooms and fish oil gives you much more vitamin D. The same goes for other important vitamins like B and A which are also beneficial for your health.
  • Balancing fats and cholesterol. Improper diet that consists mainly of omega-6 fatty acids and cholesterol lead to heart diseases and often results in problems with high blood pressure which is, as mentioned previously, a risk factor for prostate cancer. It is generally recommended to keep the ratio of 1 to 4 (1 part of omega-3 and 4 parts of omega-6) in fatty acids and lower the amount of cholesterol intake.
  1. Cardio and physical activity in general.

Some studies suggest that men who frequently work out and live a physically active life have a lower chance to develop prostate cancer. The intensity of workouts is not specified in any of the studies. However, one can suggest that ensuring that you have enough cardio in your program is highly beneficial due to the fact that you significantly improve the endurance of your heart thus reducing the risk of heart diseases.

Intense cardio also helps in controlling the blood pressure. Physically active men have better metabolism and faster liquid exchange in their bodies which makes their internal organs much more active and healthy. This applies to the prostate as well.

  1. Alpha-blockers.

Some men regularly take alpha-blockers and this may often reduce the risk of prostate cancer. However, the effect of alpha-blockers on some other key functions of the body is still being studied. Note that these medications also relief the symptoms of benign prostate hyperplasia and can help in reducing some of chronic prostate conditions like CP/CPPS. The problem is that they also reduce the sexual drive and make it hard to achieve and maintain erection which leads us to the next point!

  1. Being sexually active.

Sex is actually a very good preventive measure. Various studies indicate that men who regularly ejaculate or release seminal fluid from the prostate via prostate milking less frequently develop prostate cancer. Some researchers suggest that about 25 ejaculations per month are enough to prevent the disease, some say that 10-15 is a sufficient amount of ejaculations per month. However, it is generally recommended to have sex/masturbate and/or receive prostate orgasms at least 4 times per week.

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