Eat and Jog to Prevent CancerSound too good to be true? Believe it or not, new research from The University of California suggests that simply maintaining a healthier lifestyle may have a big impact on prostate cancer risk.
It’s part of a growing trend; the number of serious medical issues new research shows may be ameliorated by basic, common sense healthy life choices. Prostate cancer it seems is just one more of a many.
World Cancer Research Fund RecommendationsThe research, conducted by The Los Angeles Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, found that a following four or more of the World Cancer Research Fund’s (WCRF) lifestyle recommendations was strongly linked with a significantly reduced prostate cancer risk.
The WCRF’s lifestyle recommendations are as follows:
- Get at least thirty minutes of exercise daily
- Limit consumption of red meats, avoid processed meats
- Limit consumption of energy dense foods i.e. high in sugars, fats, low in fibre
- Eat a variety of fruits, veggies, wholegrains and legumes
- Limit consumption of salty foods
- Don’t use supplements to compensate for a low nutrient diet
- Aim to be at the lower end of the healthy BMI range
- Limit alcohol to 2 drinks daily for men, 1 for women
Caught Early, Prostate Cancer Cure Rate HighIf prostate cancer is caught early enough, and has not spread, the cure rate is relatively high. Thus severity of prostate cancer tends to be gauged in terms of its aggressiveness. Or in other words, how quickly prostate cancer worsens and spreads.
The researchers found that the risk of aggressive prostate cancer was 38% higher in men who adhered to fewer than four of the Cancer Research Fund’s recommendations.
And interestingly, moderating red meat consumption and limiting energy dense food consumption was especially protective, reducing alone the risk of aggressive prostate cancer even further.
So: if you want to reduce your prostate cancer risks, you know exactly what you need to do—no excuses!