All About Preventing Prostate Cancer and Heart Disease

The goal of Men’s Health Month is to bring awareness of preventable health problems and to encourage men to take control over their lives by getting them to focus on Preventive health.  Have regular check ups, eat right and manage your weight. Men need to take more initiative with their health and understand that it affects their family’s health, too.
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Prostate Cancer Prevention

In 2014 some 23,600 Canadian men will be diagnosed prostate cancer; 4,000 will die from the disease this year alone. Dietary risk factors include eating a low-fiber, high in Saturated fat found in processed foods, dairy products and red meat.  Age: Chances of getting prostate cancer rise after age 50.Family History: the risk increases if close family members have had the disease.Lifestyle: Being overweight – Physical activity is a great preventative factor along with eating the right foods such as consuming lycopene (found in tomatoes and tomato products), soy, green tea and cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli), among other foods and nutrients, may help to prevent prostate cancer. 

The good news is, you simply cannot underestimate the power of your diet. If you put garbage in, disease will thrive. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and your body will thank you with a longer, healthier life.

Study results show that eating higher amounts of vegetables and fruit, avoiding excessive meant and dairy products is helpful in preventing and treating prostate cancer.  The following foods are particularly beneficial: Tomatoes, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Green Tea, Vitamin E.

Heart Disease

Cholesterol has been the smoking gun for many years.   There are many myths and controversy that portray fat and cholesterol as one of the worst foods you can consume.  Not only is it most likely not going to ruin your health but it is also not the cause of heart disease. 
For those on Statin drugs (cholesterol lowering), this information is vital. 
Cholesterol is neither good or bad.  LDL and HDL are lipoproteins- fats combined with proteins.  There is no such thing as “good or bad” cholesterol. It combines with other fats and proteins to be carried through the bloodstream. 
Cholesterol is a critical component of every cell membrane on earth.  It is also a precursor for all the steroid hormones.  You can’t make estrogen, testosterone, cortisol or other hormones without it.
If Cholesterol levels are too low…
Many studies have shown higher risk of depression and increased suicide risk, a link between lowered cholesterol and violent behaviour and higher risk of cancer. 
Cholesterol lowing medications have been linked to:
Muscle pain and weakness, which is the most common side effect.  Muscle pain and weakness may be an indication that your body tissues are breaking down – a condition that can cause kidney damage.
Statin drugs deplete your body of Coenzyme Q10, which is very beneficial to the heart and muscle function.  Because most doctors rarely inform people of this risk, this depletion leads to fatigue, muscle weakness, soreness and eventually heart failure.
Increased risk of nerve damage to dizziness, cognitive impairment, including memory loss, a potential risk of cancer, decreased immune function, depression, and liver problems.


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