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5 Ways to Protect Against Prostate Cancer

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By    |   Tuesday, 09 July 2019 08:27 AM

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America. In the United States, one out of every nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Because there are no early warning signs or symptoms for this disease that kills 30,000 annually, experts suggest that men should have a PSA test to determine if they have the disease and if it needs to be treated.

The PCF recommends screening as early as 40 years of age for men who have a family history of the disease but for the average male, screening can begin at age 50.

However, emerging evidence suggests that a proper diet along with vigorous exercise could keep the prostate safe.

Dr. Adeel Kaiser, M.D., director of integrative wellness at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Radiation Oncology, tells Newsmax that there is a strong association between a high Body Mass Index (BMI) and the development of prostate cancer.

"One interesting new finding is the link between fatty tissue surrounding the prostate and its negative influence on prostate cancer progression," he says. "So, it appears that obesity may in some way play a role in the development of the disease."

Here are five things men should do to protect themselves against prostate cancer.

One thing men should do is follow a low carbohydrate diet. Dr. Kaiser and his team of researchers believe that although no single food or supplement is known to reduce the risk of prostate cancer, their recently published peer review titled, "The Evolving Role of Diet in Prostate Cancer Risk and Progression" that appeared in the March issue of "Current Opinions in Oncology" suggests that a low carbohydrate diet is beneficial for those patients with the disease.

Dr. Jonathan Simons, chief executive officer of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, tells Newsmax that engaging in some form of vigorous exercise for at least three hours weekly is protective. "This is essential for maintaining a healthy body and may also help to reduce the odds of dying from prostate cancer. Studies have shown that men who are overweight and who have high insulin levels when they are diagnosed with prostate cancer may be more likely to die from the disease."

It's also important to eat vegetables. Studies have shown that antioxidants — compounds found in vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower — may act like a sponge, mopping up molecules that can promote prostate cancer, says Simons. Cooked tomatoes are also a good choice as they contain lycopene, an antioxidant that may reduce the risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer.

Eating garlic helps. According to the Institute for Natural Healing (INH), this allium vegetable along with its cousins onions, chives, and leeks decreases your risk of prostate cancer. However, research shows that garlic offers the best protection. You can decrease your risk of prostate cancer by 18 percent by eating alliums, but if you eat garlic you may reduce your risk by an impressive 38 percent. While experts say that eating fresh, raw garlic is best, you can also opt for an aged, odorless garlic supplement.

Make sure to use oregano on foods. The compounds in fresh oregano are lethal to prostate cancer cells, says the INH. "It contains carvacrol, a compound that causes apoptosis in human prostate cancer cells," it reports. "This means that the cancer cells will actually kill themselves when they run into oregano."

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