While there is no sure way to prevent any form of cancer, studies have shown that living a healthy lifestyle can help prevent it and even treat it more effectively. The need for developing a healthy lifestyle becomes even more urgent when a family member is diagnosed with cancer.
If you have found out about your family’s history of prostate cancer, you will want to equip yourself with all the knowledge to avoid it. So without further ado, let’s look at the most effective ways to prevent prostate cancer:
Studies have linked drinking coffee to a reduced risk of developing prostate cancer. However, not all cups of coffee are the same. If you want to reduce your risks of developing prostate cancer, you will make your coffee only a certain way.
Researchers found that filtered coffee is less effective than boiled and brewed coffee. Moreover, decaf coffee isn’t different from drinking hot water either. Boil the coffee grounds with water or separate them only in a French press for maximum prevention. You will also have to drink at least four cups of coffee each day for this tip to be effective.
Reduce Saturated Fat Intake
Consumption of saturated fats and fats coming from animal sources have shown increased chances of developing prostate cancer. On the other hand, avoiding these fats can significantly help prevent prostate cancer.
If you have prostate cancer in your family’s medical history, you would need to make some profound dietary changes in your life. Avoid butter and margarine and stick to refined vegetable oils such as olive oil.
Avoiding cheese can also significantly help in preventing prostate cancer. Replace traditional cheese with vegan cheese in all your meals. Vegan cheese is derived chiefly from nuts such as almonds and cashews, which help prevent cancer of all kinds.
While smoking isn’t directly related to prostate cancer as it is to lung cancer, it can cause hindrance in cancer treatment. Besides being overall unhealthy for the body and the environment, smoking can cause the reoccurrence of cancer cells in any part of the body.
Besides genetics, age is the most significant factor for developing prostate cancer. However, you can naturally slow down your body’s ageing by keeping it fit and active. On average, every adult should be involved in a high-intensity workout for at least three hours every week. You can easily incorporate some high-intensity workouts into your routine by working only half an hour a day.
There are many ways to stay active. If you don’t enjoy going to a gym, you can go for jogs in the mornings, bicycle for small chores around the city, or go swimming in a pool or any water body. Join a sports club if you want to stay entertained while staying fit. Even a thirty-minute walk or weekly yoga classes can help your body prevent developing prostate cancer.
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables bring various health benefits to your body and mind, but they can be also helpful in preventing prostate cancer. Incorporate some of the most antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables in your everyday diet to lower your risk of developing prostate cancer even more.
Fruits such as figs, oranges, mangoes, peaches, grapes, apricots, cranberries and vegetables including potatoes, carrots, spinach, squash, kale, and broccoli are all rich in antioxidants. Tomatoes, watermelons, cherries and other naturally red fruits and vegetables are even healthier for avoiding cancer.
Incorporating fruits and vegetables into your diet is easier than you may think. You don’t have to restrict your meals to salads to enjoy their benefits in your daily diet. You can take steamed or roasted vegetables as sides for your meals and replace sugary and unhealthy snacks with fresh fruits.
Include Non-Animal Protein
Including non-animal based protein in diet also significantly help in preventing prostate cancer. Non-animal based protein is rich in compounds called isoflavones. Isoflavones actively inhibit the development of cancer cells in the body.
Foods like lentils, chickpeas, peanuts, and tofu are rich in isoflavones. These protein sources also contain less saturated fats than animal-sourced protein and hence can be very beneficial for the body overall and especially against cancer.
Finally, get a complete medical checkup at least once a year. While this is not a prevention tip, it can help catch any anomaly in your body before it gets worse and reaches a stage where it can have a greater impact on your health.
Keep your doctor updated on your and your family’s medical history to ensure quicker diagnoses. If the unfortunate event calls for it, opt for robotic prostatectomy for an effective and easier treatment.