Sherry Brescia sent me this.
About 1 out of 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, and although it can be very curable, it’s second only to lung cancer in terms of cancer-related deaths in men.
And despite the “War on Cancer” that was waged in the early 70’s and the advances in early detection and surgical techniques, prostate cancer rates have actually increased from 1975 to today. So that translates to: being quicker at finding prostate cancer, more efficient at operating on it, but a greater percentage of men are getting it today than 40 years ago. Risk factors of prostate cancer include:
- Age: By the time a man is 50, he has a 30 percent chance of developing prostate cancer
- Ethnicity: Men of African descent have the highest rates of prostate cancer
- Family history: Men with a family history of prostate cancer have a risk that’s two to three times greater
- Diet: A diet very high in unhealthy fats (most especially trans-fats) doubles your risk
- Smoking: Smoking depletes antioxidants in the body which help with cancer protection. In addition, cigarette smoke is high in cadmium, which interferes with zinc’s protective role in prostate health.
A new emerging factor Another factor that is popping up as a suspect in the prostate cancer mix is vitamin D deficiency. A recent study performed at Northwestern University of 190 men having prostate surgery found that nearly 46 percent of the men had aggressive cancer, and these men had vitamin D levels that were up to 16 percent lower than men with slower-growing tumors. Although you may have never heard of this before, it’s no surprise at all to your favorite nutritionist. Vitamin D supports your immune system health, and your immune system protects you against cancer, so the fact that someone finally did a study and made the connection between the two is quite frankly long overdue. Hello down there! Guys, if you’re remotely curious about how your prostate is doing, here is a quiz you can take to see if there may be a concern down there. Answer how often and how severely you experience each of the symptoms below using the following rating system: 0 = Never 1 = Mild; rarely 2 = Moderate; occasionally 3 = Severe; frequently
- Difficulty urinating
- A sense of bladder fullness
- Straining while urinating
- Decreased amounts of urine passed
- Waking up during the night to urinate
- Dripping/dribbling after urination
- Pain or fatigue in the legs
- Pain or fatigue in the back
- Lowered sex drive
Your total score: ________________ Scoring interpretation: 1–2: Prostate problems are unlikely 3–5: Prostate problems are possible 6 or more: Prostate problems are likely See your doctor if you have any concerns or to rule out prostate problems. Prevention is your best bet! If you want to help enhance the health of your prostate, prevention is your best bet! Start with your diet. I know you probably love your junk food, especially while watching sports, but junk food breeds disease. Stick to the good stuff—proteins and lots of veggies—and avoid refined carbs and sugars. Make those corn chips a once in a while treat, and buy organic when you do indulge so you avoid GMOs. Supplement with Vitamin D and probiotics to support sound immune health. There’s no better cancer protection in the world than a strong functioning immune system! A deficiency in Omega-3 essential fatty acids is also a leading cause of inflammation and prostate problems—so be sure to get sources of these crucial nutrients (such as fatty fish like salmon) and consider fish oil supplements. Reduce stress. Stress causes harmful changes to your gut flora that can weaken your immune system functioning, plus stress also causes your body to lose precious cancer-protecting nutrients. Take care of your prostate and help keep it healthy well into your golden years.