Prostate health is an important matter for men of a certain age. It is widely recognized that prostate problems may occur as a man ages. Conditions such as prostatitis or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) are enough to incite worry that prostate cancer may be right around the corner. At UT Erlanger Urology, we believe in the power of partnership. Our patients’ peace of mind is important to us, and we foster that with clear information and personal care. Here, we want to discuss a few ways that research suggests men may support long-term prostate health.
Historically, the focus of “nutrition” has been on the limitation of caloric intake. Today, what we tend to focus on more is what we are eating on a daily basis. Food patterns are as important as calories and as important as staying hydrated with water versus other beverage choices.
What research indicates is particular value in:
- Adequate servings of fruits and vegetables every day (at least five). One serving
equates to approximately one cup of fresh fruit or vegetable.
- Consume whole grain foods, such as barley, farro, and oatmeal. Whole grain
foods contain all valuable parts of the grain, which means more vitamins and minerals.
- Switch from red meat and processed meats to lean choices such as eggs, beans,
poultry, and fish.
- Consume healthy oils daily by adding avocado or almonds to a mean or snacking
on pecans, pistachios, and walnuts.
Exercise is not just for your heart, it’s also good for prostate health. Studies suggest that physical activity can decrease the likelihood of BPH. It doesn’t have to be much, just a 30-minute walk several days a week proved beneficial. Exercise has also been shown to decrease the chances of erectile dysfunction. In this case, the more strenuous the exercise, the better the outcome.
See your urologist.
After the age of 40, a man should become more stringent about routine medical care, including prostate exams and other vital screenings. Research suggests that waiting until the age of 50 to obtain a PSA, or prostate-specific antigen screening, could mean an increase in prostate cancer risk.
For personal care in our Chattanooga office, call (423) 778-5910.