Prostate Cancer and Obesity

Obesity is one of the most dangerous of problems confronting America today. A recent study showed that an incredible 65% of American adults are either overweight or obese a ridiculously staggering amount that is unequaled in the entire world. The same study reported that 31% of all American children are classified as overweight or obese.

As Americans eat more food, it seems as though they are exercising less and less.

An estimated 40% of adults and teenagers do not exercise on a regular basis. With increasing rates of food consumption and decreasing rates of physical activity comes higher rates of illness. With the health of the average American deteriorating, the nation has been beset with a host of diseases like diabetes, heart failure, and yes, prostate cancer.

Makes Detection Harder

While the exact connection between obesity and prostate cancer is not fully documented, there is no doubt that obesity has a negative effect on the outcome of many diseases. Some studies have shown that obesity makes prostate cancer harder to detect, as it skewers the results of tests such as the PSA (also known as the prostate-specific antigen test). This can potentially lead to a delay in the diagnosis of the disease, which in turn may lead to more difficult treatment, even death.

All prostate cancer patients should include weight management as a part of their overall strategy. Weight management, an active lifestyle, and a balanced diet are all interconnected anyway.

If you are reasonably active and eat a variety of foods, especially fruits and vegetables, you are less likely to become sick. Whether we are talking about the common cold or cancer, individuals who exercise more and eat the right foods are at a decided advantage.

Obesity Control

The first component of obesity control is diet management. You must not simply eat anything that is put in front of you.

You have a goal, so you must have a plan. Most people don’t give a seconds thought to the nutrients that they receive from their food. Don’t make that same mistake.

You should be educated on food. You don’t necessarily have to be an expert, but you must at least know the basics.

These days, it is relatively easy to obtain information about food. If you have access to the internet or a bookstore, you will not have a difficult time finding the resources that you need.

The second component of weight management is exercise. It is very important that you exercise on a regular basis. Most experts recommend that you get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, at least three times a week.

Of course, you should try to go beyond this bare minimum. Stretching exercises, such as those done in yoga or Pilates, keep the body flexible and limber.

Cardiovascular exercises like jogging, walking, and cycling will help you keep your heart healthy. They will also burn lots of calories. To build up your muscles and strengthen your body, consider resistance training.

If you have difficulty exercising on a constant basis, try taking up a sport that you are interested in.

As long as you have fun doing something, you will probably do it again and again. Basketball, soccer, baseball, tennis, badminton, and even golf are good sports to engage in. As long as it can get you off the couch, its a good start to combating obesity, and therefore combating prostate cancer.