Prostate health has become a growing concern in adults and children in the UAE. With the amount of junk food available, as well as lifestyles with no restraint on diet and healthier living, obesity is on the rise, and so is prostate cancer.
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Prostate health in the UAE was not as alarming as it may be in other countries due to a traditional middle eastern diet being very rich in healthy nutrients. If we stick to our traditional Mediterranean like diets, prostate health would not be a concern.
However, with fast food and convenient but unhealthy foods on the rise, we need to know how to look after our diets so we can avoid consequences such as obesity and prostate cancer.
What is Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, not involving the skin and is the second most common type of cancer in men. Prostate cancer occurs in a small walnut-shaped gland in men that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm, known as the prostate.
The sooner it is noticed and treated, the high chance of success for avoiding prostate cancer. It is well known that the intake of foods that are high in saturated fat and processed ingredients can increase the risk of prostate cancer.
These early warning signs can identify problems with your prostate or possible cancer:
- Pain when you urinate
- Difficulty starting, stopping and controlling urination
- Frequent and random urges to urinate during night or day
- Loss of bladder control
- Inconsistent or decreased flow of urine
- Blood in the urine (hematuria)
- Blood in the semen.
Foods to Improve Your Prostate Health
One of the best ways to ward off prostate health complications is to eat a diet rich in healthy nutrients, and one of the best vegetables available is broccoli.
Not only are they low in carbohydrates, but they are also rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and phytochemicals. The latter being important in preventing cell changes that may lead to prostate cancer.
A diet with healthy fats is one of the best ways to fend off against prostate cancer. Salmon is one of the best at that. One of the key factors that make salmon a good choice is that its fat is good for you. Omega-3 fatty acids and polyunsaturated fats have been shown to decrease the chances of prostate cancer.
3. Legumes and soybeans
Legumes such as beans, lentils, peanuts as well as soybeans are widely available in the UAE. This is a good thing because it can help you fend off the risks of prostate cancer. This is because they contain active plant compounds known as phytoestrogens that have cancer-fighting properties.
Tomatoes are known as one of the essential foods to have in terms of fending off prostate cancer. This is true because they contain an abundance of lycopene. This is a carotenoid (also known as a plant pigment) which help to prevent prostate cancer.
A study in the Journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, found that men who eat ten tomatoes a week can drastically decrease their chances of developing prostate cancer by 18%.
5. Pomegranate juice
Pomegranate juice is one of the richest sources of antioxidants you can get from natural food. Also known as the “miracle fruit”, pomegranate is known for preventing chronic diseases that are related to oxidative stress. Studies show that pomegranate contains compounds that work to destroy prostate cancer cells and protect healthy cells.
Natural walnuts without additives can help to slow down the growth of prostate cancer. A study by the Journal of medical food found that walnuts or walnut oil slowed down the cancer growth in the prostate od mice. Walnuts are also nutritious as they contain omega-3 fatty acids, protein as well as being a slow-digesting carbohydrate.
Lots of sweet fruits are beneficial in preventing cancer, and berries are certainly one of them. They contain an abundance of anti-cancer antioxidants. Multiple studies have shown that people with a diet high in berry fruits have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer.
This is also partly because berries help to fend off oxidative stress, which plays a significant role in the development of prostate cancer. Be mindful not to overeat, however, as they are high in natural sugars.
Carrots, as well as pumpkin and squash, are great for prostate health as they are rich in beta-carotene. This is a carotenoid that is converted into vitamin A and has oxidative properties that can help with prostate health.
A study by the European Journal Of Nutrition found that men who consumed three servings of carrots in a week were 18% less likely to develop prostate cancer.
When to See a Doctor?
If you have a family history of prostate cancer or other prostate-related health issues, its good to have regular health check-ups with the doctor. If you notice any signs or symptoms of prostate health problems or notice that the foods in the above list are not improving your condition, speak with your doctor at first notice.
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