One Easy Way to Protect Your Prostate
A study recently published in the Journal of National Cancer Institute (JNCI) showed a significant reduction of lethal prostate cancer development in men who ate more tomatoes, few processed meats, never smoked or stopped smoking at least 10 years prior to starting the study, and exercised vigorously. The exercise part had the biggest positive effect.
This means that your lifestyle has a direct influence on your prostate cancer risk.
This study used data from two studies: the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (HPFS), which followed over 43,000 men from 1986 to 2010, and the Physicians’ Health Study (PHS), which followed over 20,000 men from 1982 to 2010.
The study focused on 6 lifestyle areas: smoking, fish intake, processed meat intake, body mass index (BMI), and vigorous physical activities.
Researchers wanted to know whether these 6 lifestyle factors had an impact on lethal prostate cancer. (It didn’t account for prostate cancer in lymph nodes.)
The researchers found that having a healthier lifestyle — defined as not smoking, normal body weight, high physical activity, and a healthy diet — may have a significant lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer.
My Take on This
To me, this is not new news, but it is always nice to see that science is still supporting the effectiveness of lifestyle interventions. This is actually the basis of the my treatment methods: applying the science, in detail, of how lifestyle interventions create an environment hostile to cancer cells.
Allow me to focus on movement and exercise for this article – the researchers found that those two were the most important.
I talk to many men about this almost everyday and everybody “falls off the horse” once in a while — which is not a big deal.
The big deal is not ever getting on the horse or staying off it.
I will be very clear here: If you are interested in staying cancer-free or managing what you have, then you must commit to rigorous physical activity at least 3 hours a week.
I am not asking you to love this. I am asking you to do it and commit to it.
Not having time is an excuse that you need to throw out the window right now. Of course you have time. We all make time to do whatever we value.
The reality is that exercise may be painful for you, physically and mentally. However, everything worth doing is painful. Everything: going to work, having that difficult conversation with your spouse, starting a business — it's all painful, but at the same time it’s the most important.
I am being strong with my message here because I care about you, and nothing is more painful to me than seeing people succumb to disease from failure to take action.
Next week, I'll bring you the top three exercises to protect your prostate.
Stay tuned and stay well,
Geo Espinosa, N.D., L.Ac, C.N.S., is a renowned naturopathic doctor recognized as an authority in integrative management of male and urological conditions. Dr. Geo is the founder and director of the Integrative Urology Center at New York University Langone Medical Center (NYULMC), a center of excellence in research and integrative treatments for urological conditions.