The prostate is a gland of the male reproductive system. It is usually small sized, like a walnut and it is located between the bladder and the penis. The prostate produces a thick white fluid that mixes with sperm from the testicles to form semen.
All men are at risk of prostate problems and this risks increases with age. Some other factors that increase a man’s risk of prostate problems include family history and race. Some of these prostate problems include prostate cancer, prostatitis and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
While all men are at risks of these problems, the good news is there are certain things a man can do to protect his prostate and therefore reduce his risk of prostate problems. These are some of the ways you can protect your prostate:
- Eat healthy foods
Reduce your intake of foods high in fat. Foods like meat and fried foods should be eaten in moderation. It is also important to reduce the amount of oil in your foods. This would ensure that you maintain a healthy weight.
Choose fish instead of meat. Omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fat found in fatty fish has been found to reduce the risk of prostate cancer in men.
Eat fruits and vegetables daily. These contain very essential nutrients needed by your body and several studies have found an association between a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and a reduced risk of cancer
Some studies have also found that drinking green tea daily reduces a man’s risk of prostate cancer
- Maintain a healthy weight
Excess weight is a risk factor for quite a number of diseases. Men who are obese or overweight have a greater risk of prostate problems than men with normal weight.
It is very important that you lose weight if you are overweight. If you have a normal weight, maintain it by watching what you eat and exercising regularly.
- Exercise regularly
Living a sedentary life puts a man up for prostate problems. Physical inactivity has been found to promote congestion and stagnation in the prostate. Regular exercise provides benefits for your body including reducing your risk of prostate cancer.
- Avoid smoking
Smoking is one of the major risk factors for many cancers. Smoking increases the risk of prostate cancer and when a man has been diagnosed with the condition, his risk of death increases if he continues smoking. If you smoke, quit smoking.