Salmon and tomatoes are both healthy food choices that can be helpful for prostrate health.

How To Maintain Prostate Health In Seniors

The prostate is a small organ, located just under the bladder. For most men, the prostate begins to enlarge around age 25 as the result of a benign condition called BPH. By age 50, many men experience symptoms as a result of this enlargement, such as more frequent trips to the bathroom. Fortunately, there are several strategies that can be helpful for reducing enlargement of the prostate and also for mitigating the risk of prostate cancer.

Reduce the Risk of Prostate Cancer

Most men will have to deal with some enlargement of the prostate at some point in their lives. In fact, studies show a correlation between advanced age and increased prostate size. This enlargement is generally benign, however, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer found in men. This makes prostate health all the more important. Risk factors for prostate cancer include family history, conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, age and lifestyle choices. Here are some strategies for maintaining prostate health throughout the years:

  • Get Screened Regularly. A prostate exam is one of the most important health screenings for all men 55 and older and for those considered high-risk 40 and older. Early detection is one of the best defenses in helping to identify and combat prostate cancer.
  • Power Up on Fruits And Veggies. Aside from the many other benefits of consuming lots of produce, the nutrients in vegetables and fruits can help lower the risk of developing prostate cancer. Green veggies like kale and spinach help reduce cancer causing carcinogens. Foods that are high in lycopene, such as watermelons and tomatoes, may also be especially beneficial for reducing the risks of prostate cancer.
  • Beware of Fats. Some studies indicate that foods with animal-based fats such as butter, and cheese may lead to an increased risk of prostate cancer. High-fat foods in general also have the potential to raise blood pressure and lead to conditions like type 2 diabetes, which also increases the risk of prostate issues. When possible, opt for “healthy” fats such as olive oil, nuts and seeds in place of animal fats.
  • Maximize Vitamin D. Sunshine, supplements and nutrient-rich foods like salmon, tuna and egg yolks are all good sources of Vitamin D, which has been found to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Vitamin D also provides a number of other health benefits, such as building strong bones and boosting immunity.
  • Select Nutrient-Rich Foods. In addition to fruits, vegetables, low-fat foods and those that are high in vitamin D, there are a number of foods that have been found to help shrink an enlarged prostate or halt the growth of prostate cancer cells. Examples of these foods are: sesame seeds, almonds, pumpkin seeds, pecans, bell peppers, brussel sprouts, kale, broccoli, apricots, papayas, avocados and tofu.
  • Manage Your Beverages. Drinking plenty of water and limiting alcohol consumption can help the bladder and kidneys function well, eliminate toxins from the body and also reduce inflammation. Daily consumption of coffee or green tea may also be helpful for reducing inflammation.

Choose a Community With a Healthy Lifestyle Aside from regular screenings, if you suspect at any time that you may have an issue with your prostate, schedule a visit with your healthcare provider. Staying active and making healthy lifestyle choices can go a long way toward maximizing overall well-being. The Maples offers assisted living at its Towson campus and specialized memory care at Stoneleigh. Contact us to learn more about our lifestyle and amenities or to schedule an in-person or virtual tour.