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Obesity and Prostate Health

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Over the past 40 years, the rate of obesity has been exploding in the United States. A massive 65 percent of adults in the US were classified as overweight or obese, with a body mass index over the accepted normal of 25. More disturbing is the 31 percent of children who are classified as overweight or obese. Since 40 percent of Americans do not exercise regularly, there seems to be little hope of this changing in the near future.

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Research Unclear

Although research has yet to identify the link between obesity and the increased chance of developing prostate cancer remains unclear; there is little question that obesity does have negative effect on disease outcomes. Studies have shown that prostate-specific antigen test results in obese men can be considerably lower despite the presence of disease, leading to delayed diagnosis and treatment; recovery from surgery tends to be longer for the obese, and the risk of death from prostate cancer can be much higher.

Nutritional Approaches

Whatever nutritional approaches the individual chooses for prostate health, weight management is a must for an overall strategy. Increasing the intake of fresh vegetables can be beneficial, as long as they are not swimming in high-fat dressings, oils, or sauces. Nuts can be an excellent source of some key nutrients, but they can also be very high in calories and fat. Knowing what to eat is a start, the real step in incorporating good nutrition into your lifestyle.

In addition, exercise is essential for effective weight management, it is important to exercise regularly, at least 30 minutes a day and at least 3 days each week. Exercise not only helps burn off extra calories, but help keep the individual flexible and help maintain muscle strength and endurance. Walking, jogging, leisure activities, amateur sports, can be effective types of exercise. The key is to stay active and stay off the couch. Many American's face an uphill challenge to regain control of their health and weight. Taking care of the prostate requires taking care of yourself.

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