As it was said, every man has a prostate, unless he has undergone surgical intervention. The sad fact of life is that with a big likelihood almost every man will develop prostate enlargement and/or prostate cancer at some time in his life.
Prostate enlargement generally causes problems wth older age. The symptoms are constricted urethra, which impedes urination. BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) has been found in over fifty percent of the men in their 60s, and as many as ninety percent of those in their 70s and 80s. The medical intervention only reduces the symptoms, but can offer no cure. However, studies have shown that a diet lower in fat and protein, and higher in vegetables and carbohydrates can forestall, if not prevent prostate difficulties. A healthy prostate diet is not difficult to stick to, but it does take a little bit of work.
Before making any sort of decision on diet, you should start a food diary. Write down every bite you put in your mouth for a week. There is even an app for the I-Phone for this. Once you have recorded everything you eat, take a good hard look at it.
For breakfast, did you have oatmeal, with orange juice and coffee? Or did you have a biscuit with sausage gravy, bacon, and scrambled eggs, all washed down with a carbonated soda? Was lunch a sandwich from home, or was it a double cheeseburger, super sized fries and a milk shake? Was supper a recommended three to four ounce serving of meat, with a green vegetable, a starch and a serving of whole grain bread? Or was it a twelve-ounce steak, a baked potato that could have stood duty at the potato stud farm and half a cup of sour cream and butter?
It is never good to make a drastic dietary change suddenly. It is not wise for a confirmed carnivore to switch to a diet of nuts and berries without warning. That is a sure way to meet with failure, as soon as the mind begins to think the body is being denied.
The first step to a healthy prostate is to increase the intake of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. That does not mean to have a peach milk shake with lunch. It means to eat a piece of fruit. Instead of the biscuits and gravy for breakfast, what about some whole wheat pancakes made with bananas?
Next, the healthy prostate diet replaces high fat and cholesterol, refined sugars and refined carbohydrates with foods rich in omega 3 oils, such as salmon, and in zinc. Swap white bread for corn bread or whole wheat bread. Again, do not try to do everything at once. Have a piece of broiled or grilled salmon instead of that steak for supper. Substitute half green tea in the iced tea you have with your meals. Green tea is an excellent source of plant based isoflavones or flavonoids. If you really have to have that burger, opt for a turkey burger, or even a buffalo (bison) burger. Bison is an excellent substitute for beef. It has very little fat, and only about a third of the cholesterol.
Reducing your intake of alcohol, coffee and tobacco, particularly after dinner, is also recommended. Adding the supplement Saw Palmetto to the healthy prostate diet can be beneficial. However, research on this and other supplements is lacking at present.
It is beneficial to increase your consumption of foods like legumes: peanuts, lentils, beans, peas, as well as apples and onions. There are mixed opinions as to whether or not increasing your consumption of these foods can lower the symptoms of BPH. However, studies are secure in the fact that the more protein a man eats, the more at risk he is for prostate problems. Similarly, the higher his calorie intake, the more prone he is to BPH.
Remember, while benign prostatic hyperplasia is not prostate cancer, BPH can raise the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) to two or three times the normal range. Elevated PSA levels carry a higher chance of having cancer. Yes, there is treatment for prostate cancer. It is not pleasant, and not something anyone looks forward to.
Why risk your healthy prostate? Is it that much of a sacrifice to substitute one food for another, to elude the surgeon’s knife?