Most men probably don't realize they have a prostate gland, yet this walnut-sized structure that sits just below the male bladder is something that every guy should keep in mind. Cancer of the prostate is the number two cancer killer of men, accounting for nearly 35,000 deaths annually in the U.S. Prostate cancer advances slowly, though, so early detection and good prostate health can make all the difference. Here are six simple strategies that can keep you in the know about the status of your own gland, as well as keep it healthy.
Eat more vegetables.
While there have been no solid specific links about prostate-healthy foods, rules for good eating such as increasing intake of vegetables high in antioxidants and limiting animal fat intake are thought to help lower the risk of developing prostate problems later in life. How they help is not understood, but societies like the Japanese that tend to eat less animal fat have a lower incidence of prostate cancer when compared to men in North America, where the diet is often less healthy in general.
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