Get Slimmer and Fend off those Prostate Caner Demons. The value of exercise to mental health as well as physical has been documented in study after study. For one thing, those endorphin hormones just make you feel better, and exercise can prove that your body is under your control. When it comes to prostate cancer, there is clearly one thing you can do to benefit the health of your prostate and every other part of your body: lose weight if you are overweight.
Obese men have a far higher chance of developing fatal and metastatic prostate cancer compared to men of normal weight. Some past studies have shown that while obese men were no more likely to get prostrate cancer than men of normal weight, the obese were more likely to die from prostate cancer if they developed the cancer.
In fact, a new April 23, 2013 study linking obesity to prostate cancer (and other cancers) was published by Dr. Andrew Rundle, associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York City, in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. Rundle notes that one of the conclusive findings in the study is that precancerous abnormalities associated with “cancer of the prostate—the gland that releases the male hormone testosterone into the body—and is the leading diagnosed cancer in men and the second leading cancer killer of men behind lung cancer….were significantly associated with obesity.”
Yet getting slimmer and healthier to prevent prostate cancer doesn’t mean less yummy. Research has shown that lycopene, a naturally occurring substance found in tomato sauce, watermelon, and papaya, seems to lower the risk of developing prostate cancer. Though not every study has confirmed this relationship, there is enough to give you an excuse to layer the marinara sauce on your wholegrain pasta. You may even want to wash down this Italian extravaganza with some green tea as there are some European studies about its benefits in the prevention of prostrate cancer. In addition, the next morning, you could easily sprinkle some flaxseed on your morning cereal accompanied by a glass of pomegranate juice—all of which make for prostate-healthy additions to your diet while helping you get slim and stay slim as a means of keeping those prostate demons away.