Healthy Is Handsome
June is National Mens Health Month and what better way to generate awareness and help than by supporting the men in your life with great savings, superfoods and much more.
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The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.
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Mens Health Facts
- More cases of Prostate Cancer will be diagnosed in men than any other major cancer
- Prostate Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men
- Men age 50 and younger should get at least 38 grams of fiber per day
33.8% of American adults (aged 20 and older) are obese (BMI over 30) -- up from about 23% in the early 1990s
- Every three minutes an American man finds out he has Prostate Cancer
- For men, the average age of a first heart attack is 66 years
- Smoking kills more than 5 million people a year worldwide, accounting for 1 out of every 10 adult deaths, according to the World Health Organization
- The five year survival rate of Prostate Cancer is nearly 100% when detected early
- The combination of inactivity and eating the wrong foods is the second most common preventable cause of death in the United States (smoking is the first)
- Polyps (precursor to Colon Cancer) are found in about 25% of people by age 50, and 50% of people by age 75
- Prostate Cancer often has no early warning signs or symptoms
- People with high total cholesterol have approximately twice the risk of heart disease as people with optimal levels
- Men who experience Erectile Dysfunction have a greater risk for angina, heart attack or stroke
- There are more cases of Prostate Cancer diagnosed each year than Breast Cancer
- More than 18 million American men over age 20 have erectile dysfunction
- The prevalence of low testosterone among men aged 45 years or older is estimated to be 38%
- More than 32,000 men will die from Prostate Cancer
- Heart Disease caused approximately 26 percent of men's deaths in 2006.
Foods That Can Help Prevent Prostate Cancer
Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes, may be beneficial in the prevention of prostate cancer and reducing tumor growth among men with prostate cancer. In a review of 21 studies, researchers found that men who ate a lot of raw tomato and cooked tomato products were less likely to develop prostate cancer compared with men who rarely ate such foods. Because lycopene is tightly bound to cell walls, our bodies have a difficult time extracting it from raw tomatoes. Therefore, cooked or pureed tomato products such as tomato paste, spaghetti sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, tomato juice and ketchup may be better options.
Several studies have demonstrated a lower chance of developing prostate cancer among men who eat large amounts of broccoli or other cruciferous vegetables. In one Canadian study, investigators found that eating greater amounts of such vegetables, particularly broccoli and cauliflower, was associated with a decreased risk of aggressive prostate cancer. Although the reasons as to why are still unclear, some researchers propose that one of the phytochemicals found in these vegetables, called sulforaphane, selectively targets and kills cancer cells while leaving normal prostate cells healthy and unaffected.
Green tea is a large component of the Asian diet and has been consumed for thousands of years. Whether or not green tea is the reason why prostate cancer rates in Asia are so much lower than in America remains unclear. Yet, the components of green tea such as catechin, EGCG and epicatechin are all being studied for their effects on health. There is now some evidence to support that these polyphenolic compounds found in green tea may prevent the development of prostate cancer.
Legumes & Soybeans
Legumes such as beans, peanuts and lentils all contain biologically active plant compounds known as phytoestrogens. Isoflavones, a phytoestrogen, may contain cancer-fighting properties, which suppress tumor growth in prostate cancer cells.
Two review papers found a 30 percent reduced risk of developing prostate cancer among men with high soy consumption. In a double-blind randomized control trial among men with prostate cancer, those placed on a high soy diet, versus a diet composed mostly of wheat, showed a 12 percent decrease in prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood levels as compared with a 40 percent increase on the wheat diet. Such decreases in PSA signal that the cancer is not progressing.
Much like red wine or green tea, pomegranate is a rich source of antioxidants and has been touted as a miracle fruit in preventing chronic diseases related to oxidative stress. In a small study of 46 men, investigators found that drinking 8 ounces of pomegranate juice delayed the rise in PSA levels and increased the “doubling time” from 15 months to 54 months. The goal is to keep the "doubling time" as long as possible, indicating a slower tumor growth and cancer progression. Authors propose that the antioxidants, called ellagitannins, that are abundant in pomegranate, may work by a “seek and destroy” method, exclusively targeting the prostate cancer cells and not the healthy cells.
Polyunsaturated fats, like omega-3s and omega-6s, are essential fatty acids found exclusively in the diet and not synthesized by the body. The traditional Western diet has lot of omega-6 fatty acids, but minimal omega-3s. Having a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may help prevent the development and progression of prostate cancer. In a study of 6,272 Swedish men followed over 30 years, researchers reported that those men who ate no fish were two to three times more likely to develop prostate cancer than men who consumed large amounts of fish in their diet. To increase your omega-3 intake, try eating fatty fish found in cold waters such as salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines or trout.