Grow a Mo, Save a Bro
Did you know that men die an average of 6 years younger than women? This is preventable through simple measures. Men over 50 should talk to their doctor about prostate cancer and request a PSA test. The month of November, also known as Movember, is dedicated to raising awareness about men’s health.
Early Detection is Key
Prostate cancer can be detected early and can be the difference between life and death. A PSA test (Prostate Specific Antigen) is a simple routine blood test that measures the amount of protein (PSA). According to Prostate Cancer Canada, “1.5 million men over 50 are at unnecessary risk for prostate cancer.” Digital rectal exams (DRE) is another way for your doctor to feel the size and shape of the prostate. Of course, first talk to your doctor about whether testing is right for you.
Physical movement goes a long way to boost your mood, build up your confidence, and is of course, good for your physical and mental health. A recent study by the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm found that among men with prostate cancer, those who lead active lifestyles have better survival rates than those who do not. Men who exercise the equivalent of only one to three hours of walking each week have an 86% lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer. Further research has demonstrated three or more hours of vigorous exercise lowered the risk of prostate cancer death by 61%.
Prevention & Supplements
The other equally important aspect of prostate cancer prevention is limiting your exposure to chemical-based products. It’s estimated that 60% of what you put on your body is absorbed into your skin — the result is daily exposure to potentially toxic chemicals such as parabens, phthalates, talc, and lead.
While men use fewer cosmetics and facial products than women, there are still harmful chemicals in things like shaving creams, hair products, and other personal care products that can do just as much damage over time. Some of our fave men’s products that are in our Men’s Health shop are all prescreened and close to being 100% natural.
Prostate cancer is linked to obesity and an unhealthy diet, which causes inflammation. Long term inflammation may lead to cellular changes that can predispose to cancer formation. The perfect diet for the prostate is the “Mediterranean Diet”, composed of lots of antioxidants, veggies, fruits, healthy oils, fish, chicken and no beef. Alcohol and tobacco predispose to prostate cancer just like they do other cancers.
By far, the best supplement is saw palmetto extract. This is an excellent and very well-researched plant compound that prevents and combats BPH, but it also inhibits the growth of the prostate and inflammation. That means it eliminates two contributing factors that can predispose to cancer.