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What’s Good for Your Heart Is Good for Your Prostate

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In pursuing effective prostate cancer prevention strategies, you can make lifestyle and dietary changes gradually, and it's never too late to start. Just making them is the important thing.  In this Health Alert from the Prostate Bulletin, Dr. Mark A. Moyad of the University of Michigan Medical Center answers two important questions about achieving prostate health. 

Q. What can be done to maintain optimal prostate health? 

The #1 killer of men is not prostate cancer -- it's heart disease. The good news is that research has shown that whatever is good for the health of your heart is also good for your prostate. 

Since heart disease is the undisputed #1 cause of death in men diagnosed with prostate cancer, when you take measures to protect your heart you may reap a double reward, countering the leading cause of early death while protecting your prostate, as well. If you can take your cardiac risk to zero, you will also be reducing your risk of prostate cancer to the lowest level possible. 

Q. Can lifestyle modifications overcome genetics when it comes to prostate cancer? 

I think they can. For me, the greatest lifestyle research study has been the Interheart study, which was conduced by the World health association in 52 countries. Information from the study was first published in the medical journal, the Lancet

The researchers reported that a series of factors -- regardless of what country the person lived in -- either caused a 90 to 95 percent reduction in heart attacks, or else explained 95 percent of the cardiac events they noted. 

Here are the nine factors that the Interheart researchers say can help prevent heart attacks: 

  1. not smoking
  2. low cholesterol (LDL less than 100 mg/dl)
  3. good blood pressure (lower than 140 mmHg)
  4. normal blood glucose
  5. normal waist circumference: 36 inches or smaller
  6. no depression
  7. fruit and vegetable consumption with no limit
  8. alcohol, in moderation; no more than two drinks a day
  9. 30 minutes of aerobic exercise daily

To this list, I add one more factor: lifting weights several times a week to build muscle, burn body fat, and strengthen bone. I recommend this to all my patients. 

Posted in Prostate Disorders on April 14, 2011

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