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Take Action to Decrease Your Risk of Prostate Cancer

The average age at diagnosis for prostate cancer in the United States is 69 years, and progressively increases as men age.

There remains no absolute prevention of prostate cancer, and some risk factors for developing the disease are uncontrollable such as family history/genetics, age, and ethnicity.

Research does suggest you may significantly reduce your risk factors by eating a healthy diet and getting adequate exercise. With this in mind, physicians recommend that if wanting to prevent or delay the onset of the disease, consider the following:

Choose a low-fat diet:

reduce the amount of fats you consume each day by limiting fatty foods or choose low-fat varieties.  Reducing the amount of fat you consume each day can also help control your weight and make you more heart healthy.

Tip: when cooking, substitute olive oil for butter. Select leaner cuts of meat, and choose low-fat or reduced-fat dairy products.

Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat each day:

fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins and nutrients thought to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

Tip: add just one more serving of fruit or veggies to each meal to help increase your intake without feeling like it’s a chore.

Eat more fish: 

salmon and tuna are fatty fish that contain omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fatty acid that has been linked to a reduced risk of prostate cancer.

Tip: Incorporate 2-3 servings of fish in your diet each week

Maintain a healthy weight:

men who are obese may have an increased risk of developing prostate cancer. Obesity also buts more strain on the heart muscle which can lead to other serious health problems as well.

Tip: reduce the amount of calories you consume each day while also increasing the amount of physical exercise you engage in.

Relax & Enjoy Life:

 Reducing stress both in the workplace and at home will help improve your survivorship and can lead to a longer, more content life.

Tip: Take time for yourself. Enjoy hiking, running, walking or another relaxing activity.