Doctors get asked all the time about the type of food people should eat to reduce their risk of developing prostate cancer.
However, for now, there is no concrete evidence proving certain foods reduce such risk. That doesn’t mean eating healthy and exercising won’t be good.
Experts don’t focus on specific “miracle” foods that will 100% prevent prostate cancer.
Instead, they promote overall patterns of healthy eating to maintain a healthy prostate.
Here are some of their recommendations regarding diets:
- Eat minimum 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily (deep, bright-colored ones)
- Eat whole-grain bread, pasta, and cereals
- Eat fish, poultry (skinless), beans and eggs instead of red meats for protein
- Avoid packaged and fast foods (they contain trans fats)
- Limit saturated fats (found in dairy and other animal products)
- Choose healthy fats like avocados, nuts, and olive oil
- Eat sweets only as occasional treats
- Avoid sugary drinks like sodas and fruit juices
- Limit your use of frozen, processed, and canned foods
- Choose foods low in sodium/salt
- Watch portion sizes and eat slowly so you don’t get stuffed
Some studies suggest that exercise has a beneficial impact on prostate health.
Exercise also decreases your risk of developing heart disease, strokes, and certain kinds of cancer, so why not try it?
Here are some findings correlating exercise with a lower risk of prostate cancer:
- Men who are more physically active are less likely to suffer from BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), also known as prostate gland enlargement.
- Physically active men are less likely to suffer from ED (erectile dysfunction)
- Aerobic exercise helped men with chronic prostatitis experience less discomfort, anxiety, and depression
- Even mild exercise like walking can lead to health benefits
- More physical activity leads to greater health benefits
If you’re looking for a magic diet and exercise routine that will completely take prostate cancer out of the equation, you may have to wait.
For now, keep your prostate healthy by having a healthy diet and healthy exercise habits.